Glen Rose Travel Guide

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    Somervell County Courthouse
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Glen Rose Things to Do

  • Fossil Rim

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Grant's Zebra can be found here in decent numbers, and visitors typically look forward to seeing them. There was a herd of about a dozen that we encountered, and they will readily approach a car looking for food. I was watching zebras approaching the two people in the front seats. With my window rolled down in the back, I did not notice the ones...

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  • Dinosaur Valley State Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tying in with Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World may be just what the kids need to help visualize these prehistoric creatures. Although this attraction is not connected with the state park, it does nicely contribute to the learning experience. You'll see over one hundred life-size dinosaurs in a pleasant woodsy setting, read about their...

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  • Courthouse Square

    Glen Rose is a very neat town of about 2500 located in Central Texas. The area was settled around 1859, and the town later became the county seat. Somervell County was first formed in 1875 and was named for Alexander Somervell a Texas soldier, statesman and pioneer. Court was first held in one of the local stores. This fine courthouse was built in...

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  • Old Somervell County Jail

    The Old County Jail was built in 1934 and was a replacement for the first county jail built in 1884 on the same site. The first jail was only one story tall with the cell cage setting on the ground inside. This newer building was home to the Sheriff and/or Jailer and family on the lower floor. The prisoners were kept upstairs. The prisoners meals...

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  • Puluxy River

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Puluxy River, which winds through Dinosaur Valley State Park, is a tributary of the Brazos River. There was an ancient sea here at one time. The river carved a path through the ancient rock formations aeons ago. The dinosaur tracks were left on the soft mud edging the water, sediment filled the imprints and hardened, leaving the evidence of...

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  • Creation Evidence Museum

    The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday and offers displays of dinosaur footprints, artefacts and fossils from the archaeological digs in the area. There is also a prototype model of the hyperbaric biosphere where actual experiments are conducted. The biosphere simulates the believed earths environment present at the dime of creations. They have on...

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  • Barnards Mill

    4 out of 5 stars

    This was an early Texas gristmill which was constructed by Charles Barnard in 1860. The original mill was a three story building built like a fort to try and withstand Indian attacks. In 1895 a cotton gin annex was added. During the 1940’s a hospital wing was built and a second level was added to the existing cotton gin annex. During the years...

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  • Somervell County Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The museum displays items depicting local history, fossils, relics, dinosaur bones, pioneer items and a genuine moonshiner's still from the prohibition era. Open June through Labor Day, Mon - Sat, 10 am. - 5 pm. Open Labor Day through June - Sat -10 am - 5 pm, Sun - I pm - 5 pm

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  • Campbell Building

    This is one of two historic buildings on the square. It was build in 1894 by Dr T.B Campbell and his wife. The walls are native limestone and are 18” think. It has been a General store, telephone exchange, post office and other businesses. It has been recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark.

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  • Glen Rose and Somervell County

    Glen Rose is a very neat town of about 2500 located in Central Texas. The area was settled around 1859, and the town later became the county seat. Somervell County was first formed in 1875 and was named for Alexander Somervell a Texas soldier, statesman and pioneer. Court was first held in one of the local stores. This fine courthouse was built in...

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  • Something New Has Been Added...Dino...

    Tying in with Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World may be just what the kids need to help visualize these prehistoric creatures. Although this attraction is not connected with the state park, it does nicely contribute to the learning experience. You'll see over one hundred life-size dinosaurs in a pleasant woodsy setting, read about their...

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  • A Record In The Rocks

    At the entrance to the park, you'll find this display, which is an actual cast of some of the footprints found along the Puluxy River. If the water level is high, it might be difficult to see the actual prints. When we traveled there in December, it had rained for two days previously. The tracks were still visible on site #1. There are fifteen...

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  • Lunch With A View

    The view from the Café is great. You can either dine inside if its too hot or wet, or sit outside and just take in the surroundings. There is a cage with a couple of Macau’s at the end of the veranda as well. You can buy can’s of cold drinks inside the café or there is a vending machine up by the gift shop for bottles.

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  • The Overlook Cafe

    We were well ready for the café when we reached the Overlook. They have a very good selection of burgers and sandwiches, all served with waffle fries. There is also a salad or a vege burger for vegetarians. Open from 10:00-4:30 We had the Oven Roasted Turkey and the Fossil Rim burger on onion Kaiser rolls. Both were packed solid – kept me going...

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Glen Rose Nightlife

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    On our short visit into downtown Glen Rose I saw little evidence of any major nightlife except this private club opposite the Glen Hotel. I'm sure there are places though.

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Glen Rose Transportation

  • To Fossil Rim

    From the Downtown Glen Rose to Fossil Rim, follow US67 for approximately 3 miles (southwest). Turn south onto CO 2008 at the Fossil Rim sign. The entrance is about 2 miles along on the right.

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  • Getting to Glen Rose

    From Dallas: Glen Rose is around 82 miles from downtown Dallas. Take I-35 south towards Waco then merge onto I-35S/US77 South. I-35 E S/US77 becomes I-35 S/US-67 South. Take the US 67 South exit, exit number 423A, towards Cleburne. Merge onto US-67/SR-144 Stay straight to go onto US-67, Turn left onto Barnard St. This will take you to the center of...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Glen Rose Shopping

  • Home Grown Country

    There is also stores that sell antique jewellery and Christmas items as well as crafts and handmade quilts. The stores themselves are just lovely with such character.

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  • Some Local Flair

    There are some that also give off the Old West theme both in their crafts, primitive furniture and art. You will find wagon wheels, cast iron pots, spurs… whatever. “Jackies” seem to have a couple of places on Elm Street.

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  • Antique Shopping

    The are some really cool looking shops on the downtown square. There are several antique stores to browse through including Carol’s Antiques & Crafts, Rummage Around Antiques, Junkey Back Door Antiques, and Andersons Antiques & Gifts.

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Glen Rose Local Customs

  • Bluegrass Happenings

    Glen Rose is the apparently the Blue Grass Capital of Texas. They host festivals from April through to October. In July there is ‘Bluegrass Pickin Under the Stars and in October there is 4 days of Bluegrass music at Oakdale Park. Other events are May with the Bluegrass Picnic and Arts and Crafts Fair and April with the Bluegrass Jamoree.

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  • Skeletons in the Closet

    There is a legend to Glen Rose that says that in the 1870s a dying resident called John St. Helen confessed that he was really John Wilkes Booth (assassin of Lincoln). Instead of dying however, the poor man recovered, then found it convenient to kill himself. The witnesses who claimed to have had intimate knowledge of John Wilkes Booth came forward...

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Glen Rose Warnings and Dangers

  • Trekking to the Tracks

    Working your way from the parking area to the dinosaur tracks is fairly easy to a point, but not wheel chair accessible. A paved walkway takes you a short distance, then you must scramble over large boulders and thread your way along a dirt path until reaching the riverbank.Or you might feel courageous and scramble down a hillside path like our...

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  • Watch out for CRYPTO!

    'Crypto' is the shortened name for a bacteria that can be found in lakes, rivers and even swimming pools during the summer months. It is spread by human or animal fecal matter and is very contagious if one encounters it.Normally lasting two weeks, the bacteria causes a fever, nausea, diarrhea, cramping and general achiness like the flu.Letting the...

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  • Rules for Driving at Fossil Rim

    At Fossil Rim you will be given a guide of road rules which include:No Pets allowedRemove any flags, balls or other objects from your vehicle exteriorKeep your doors closed at all times (you cannot get out anywhere on the way)Stay inside your vehicle at all times (you cannot sit in the back of a truck for instance)Only use the feed providedDo not...

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Glen Rose Off The Beaten Path

  • The Promise - A Night Under The Stars...

    Spend a night under the beautiful autumn evening sky with Jesus at the Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose,TX. With The Promise you will experience the birth, life, words, death, resurrection, and triumphant ascension of Jesus Christ. The Promise begins with a Grandfather and his grandchildren exploring on the banks of the Paluxy River in historic Glen...

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  • Granbury

    Granbury is an excellent little town to visit, full of history and legend and wonderfully restored architecture. It has been billed as the town “Where Texas History Lives”. The Square around the courthouse was the first in Texas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, many other projects all over American have been...

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  • Chalk Mountain

    Chalk Mountain is a ghost town some 12 miles west of Glen Rose. The main attractions there seem to be the cemetery which holds over 350 graves but I have to say that I went from one end of the road to the other and found nothing. The signpost to the cemetery is at the beginning of the road but you see nothing further to indicate where it may be....

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  • Dinosaur Viewing Areas

    Dinosaur Valley State Park has four separate areas where prehistoric reptiles have left their tracks: Site #1 This area is known as the old swimming hole. It is the site of several tracks made by a three toed dinosaur. Even with 6-8 inches of murky water covering the tracks, they were still visible.Site #2 This area is where the meat eater (a...

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  • What All Can I Do At The Park?

    After I See The Dinosaur Tracks, Then What?Dinosaur Valley has six miles of hiking and biking trailsPrimitive camping and camp sites with water and electricityPicnic tables/grills and picnic pavilion for up to 25 people. A small interpretive center with exhibits on the dinosaurs and the tracks they leftA gift shop--located in the building at the...

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  • Exploring Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

    Fossil Rim Wildlife Center provides an opportunity to take a self-guided safari through the north Texas hill country. There are roughly 50 species of animals in the park, and a visitor can expect to see many of them. It takes a couple of hours to drive through the area, not counting a stops at the visitor center and the halfway point which contains...

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The Town Center
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Old Somervell County Jail
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The Dinosaur Print
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Somervell County Museum
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Courthouse Square
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Squaw Creek Indian Fight
Off The Beaten Path
Barnards Mill Art Museum
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Hopewell Post Office
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The Emu
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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
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Brown Buffalo
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The Gemsbok
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Arabian Oryx
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A Great Day in a Lovely Area
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Top Up the Gas Tank
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The Giraffes
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