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The arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad in 1887 is one of the main reasons Granbury's town square sprung to life in the late 19th century, and the now historic Granbury Railroad Depot, built in 1914, attracts many a tourist, as do Acton State Park and the Granbury Cemetery.

Acton State Park, known as the smallest state park in Texas, includes the Acton Cemetery, which is where Elizabeth P. Crockett, the wife of Alamo hero Davy Crockett, is buried. Hiram Granbury, the town's namesake and a field general for the Confederate Army's Texas Brigade and the man who might have been Jesse James are buried in the Granbury Cemetery,

Granbury is home to four museums -- the Jail and Hood County Historical Museum, the Creation Museum, the Pate Museum of Transportation, and the Great Race Automotive Hall of Fame.

The Creation Museum, founded in 1982 by Dr. Carl Baugh, an archeologist, showcases biblical and archeological findings of footprints left behind by humans, dinosaurs, and big cats. The Pate Museum of Transportation houses an impressive collection of classic, antique, and special-interest automobiles, as well as an aircraft exhibit, an antique railroad car, and a 1,500-volume transportation library. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As it implies, The Jail and Hood County Historical Museum is housed in Granbury's old jail facility, which was built in 1885 and continued in operation until 1978. The museum exhibits collections of artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history of Hood County and is open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Special group tours can be booked for Monday through Thursday by calling (817) 573-5135.
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The Great Race Automotive Hall of Fame features Barney Oldfield style speedsters, gangster cars, priceless classic automobiles, and a big-screen Great Race History music video. The hall of fame is open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

In keeping with its historical motif, the Granbury area is home to three sites that collectively reflect the evolution of energy. The Windmill Farm, 26 windmills stationed on 26 acres of rolling country hillside, offer folks a look at energy in its primitive stage. The fully restored Old Granbury Light Plant, built in 1904, provides a look at the town's first electric generating plant, and TXU's Comanche Peak Visitors Center brings everyone up to date with a look at how electricity is generated today.

Group tours of the old light plant can be arranged by calling (817) 573-7899. Several exhibits, an educational program, and a van tour are on site at Comanche Peak. For more information on that plant, call 254 897-5554.

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