History Of Glen Rose, Texas……In a Nut Shell!
I don’t know about you, but when I was a little girl and my family would take a car trip vacation, my daddy felt the need to stop at every single historical marker along the road. He was fascinated with the history associated with each and every stop we made. The state of Texas is steeped in history, heritage and heroes, and Glen Rose is definitely one of those cities with a great historical background. Come stay with us at our hotel in Glen Rose, Texas, and enjoy a beautiful room, outdoor pool and a breakfast buffet for the whole family.
Glen Rose is located in Somervell County, once famous for its countless natural springs and flowing wells. Formed on March 15, 1875, Somervell County was named in honor of General Alexander Somervell, who fought in the battle of San Jacinto and later served as a Senator in the first Texas Congress. In 1871, T.C. Jordan bought the gristmill on the Paluxy River from the Barnard brothers and purchased other nearby property. Mr. Jordan’s wife wanted to name their newly purchased property “Rose Glen” in honor of her native Scotland, but the citizens later voted to call it “Glen Rose”.
Glen Rose was named as the country seat of Somervell County in 1876 and needed a place to hold court. It started out being held in the original Charles Barnard home, located across the street from the mill. Once the economy rebounded, construction of a formal courthouse began in 1882. In 1902, the courthouse was ravaged by a tornado. No attempt was ever made to completely restore the tower from the storm that had destroyed the local newspaper building. In 1963 the historical, architectural and cultural value of the building received Texas Historical Landmark status in the form of a Texas State Historical Medallion. The National Register of Historic Places entered the courthouse and Barnard’s Mill into its registry in 1980.
When you visit Glen Rose, you can rest assured that the history of our quaint town on the entrance to the hill country, is being preserved for you and your family for years of enjoyment to come. Take a walk around the courthouse square, take a ride through Fossil Rim, take a hike at Dinosaur Valley State Park and eat a burger at The Green Pickle. Above all, stay with us at the Dinosaur Valley Inn and Suites, everyone’s favorite hotel in Glen Rose, Texas, and we’ll see to it that your stay in Glen Rose is as comfortable as it can be.