Historical Markers in
Hood County, Texas

Acton Baptist Church (First Baptist Church of Acton) Acton Cemetery Acton Methodist Church Acton Public Square Add-Ran Christian College Antioch Cemetery Antioch Community Aston House Aston-Landers Building Baker-Carmichael House Baker-Doyle Building Baker-Rylee Building and Town Square Service Station Bowden Kennon House Bush-Morgan Cherry Building City named for Confederate General General H.B. Granbury (1831-1864) and Granbury's Texas Brigade Comanche Peak County Named for Famous Confederate General John Bell Hood Cresson School Crockett's Bounty Daniel House Daniel-Harris Home David L. Nutt Home Dr. William and Eunice Walker House E. A. Hannaford Building E. A. Hannaford House Elizabeth Crockett Elm Flat Cemetery First Baptist Church of Granbury First Christian Church of Granbury First National Bank First Presbyterian Church of Granbury Former Acton Masonic Lodge Hall Friendship Cemetery Glenn Brothers Building Glenn Cemetery Gordon Home Granbury Cemetery Granbury House Granbury Light Plant Granbury Methodist Church Granbury Opera House Granbury Railroad Depot Grave of Elizabeth Crockett Hardware and Tin Shop Harris Building Haynes-Burns-Ewell Building Holderness-Aiken House Hood County Courthouse Hood County Jailhouse Hood County News J.D. and Georgia Brown House J.F. and J. Nutt Building James Hogan Doyle and Mary Kate Stringfellow Doyle John W. Bull Stone House Lees-Bryan House Long Creek Cemetery Martin Cemetery Mitchell Bend Cemetery Nellie Gray Robertson Nubbin Ridge Cemetery Panter Branch School Pleasant Thorp Rock Church Cemetery Site of Schultz Blacksmith Shop Site of the Home of Elizabeth Crockett Smith-Savage House Stockton Bend Stroud Creek Cemetery Temple Hall United Methodist Church The Colony Cemetery The Fair Thorp Spring Cemetery Thrash-Landers-Hiner House Three Miles South to the Grave of Elizabeth Crockett Tolar Tabernacle W. D. and Essie Gafford House W.M. Miller Cemetery Wright-Henderson-Duncan House
The discovery of oil in 1901 near Beaumont, Texas, sparked an oil boom that transformed the state's economy and led to the rise of the modern petroleum industry.
Hood County, located in the state of Texas, has a rich and diverse history spanning centuries. The area was initially inhabited by several Native American tribes, including the Comanche and Lipan Apache. European settlement began in the 1850s when the Texas legislature established Hood County in 1866, named after Confederate General John Bell Hood.

The county quickly grew as settlers arrived, and Granbury, the county seat, was founded in 1867. Throughout the late 1800s, Hood County experienced significant developments in infrastructure, including the construction of roads, bridges, and the arrival of the railroad. These advancements facilitated trade and brought newfound prosperity to the area.

The late 19th century also witnessed the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction era on Hood County. Former slaves were granted freedoms, and the county's demographics started to shift. The farming and ranching industries flourished, with cattle becoming a primary economic driver.

In the 20th century, Hood County continued to grow and adapt. With the advent of the automobile, transportation improved and helped connect the county with surrounding areas. The county's economy diversified, incorporating industries such as manufacturing, tourism, and healthcare. Today, Hood County is known for its natural beauty, historic downtown areas, and vibrant community, attracting tourists and new residents alike.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Hood County, Texas.

  • 1856 - Hood County is established on January 25.
  • 1860s - The community of Hood County is primarily settled by Anglo-Americans.
  • 1867 - The town of Granbury is founded and becomes the county seat.
  • 1875 - The city of Granbury is incorporated.
  • 1885 - The Texas Central Railroad reaches Granbury.
  • 1890s - Hood County experiences an oil boom, leading to increased population and economic growth.
  • 1921 - The Hood County Courthouse is built.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression impacts Hood County, causing financial hardship for many residents.
  • 1947 - Lake Granbury is created by the construction of De Cordova Bend Dam.
  • 1970 - The Hood County Historical Museum is established.
  • 1990s - Hood County sees significant population growth due to its proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.