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|The Somervell County Historical Museum
Elm at Vernon, (254)897-4529 provides and enormous variety of historical and geographical exhibits that tell the story of Somervell County, including a genuine moonshiner's still from the Prohibition era. Open June through Labor Day from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday; and Labor Day through May from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays ; 1 pm to 5pm on Sundays. Admission is free, however donations are requested.
Somervell County Courthouse -
Built in 1893,the architecture is typical of the late Victorian "more is more" taste. The limestone courthouse is best described as Romanesque Revival and Second Empirestyle. Texas county courthouses from the late 19th century are famous for their fantastic styles, and though a bit smaller than the usual county courthouse, the Somervell County Courthouse is none the less listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is open during regular business hours. Just a short walk from the Somervell County Historical Museum
Other points of interest in Glen Rose:
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant
About a mile inside the front gate of the plant is the Visitors Center, open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday. Group tours can be arranged by reservation only. The Visitors Center offers several interactive displays and a 10-minute video explaining how nuclear power is made. The tour includes a view of a control room simulator in which reactor operators are trained, as well as a driving tour for an up-close view of Comanche Peak Power Plant. Travel north on FM 56, to the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (254) 897-5554.
Squaw Creek Lake -
Built for cooling the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, this 3,228-acre lake is unusually deep a clear, with a rocky shoreline. Squaw Creek Lake provides excellent fishing for stocked population of spotted, smallmouth and hybrid striped bass and walleye, and native game fish(Fee access). The lake is also used for boating, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking and camping ($10 per night for RV hookup). The reservoir is also noted for scuba diving. About 4 miles north of Glen Rose off Texas 144. Located at 2300 Coates Rd in Granbury. For information, call (817)573-7053.
Dinosaur Valley State Park -
The Visitors Center showcases a dinosaur exhibit that is open from 8 am to 5 pm. Outside, the park marks its own history. About a hundred million years ago, massive dinosaurs left their tracks in the lime mud of an ancient sea. Today you can see these tracks, which were uncovered by the Paluxy River, at a somewhat more recent past. The tracks are attributed to three types of dinosaurs: the 20- to 30-foot-long, two-legged acrocanthosaurus, the 30- to 50-foot-long pleurocoelus, and a third type that has not been fully identified. Summer is the best time to see the tracks. Two full-scale fiberglass models of dinosaurs relatives of the types that made the tracks, but not the same type may be more hype than help, but still these guys give you a good idea of the size of these monsters. The park has 1,523 acres and provides tent and RV campsites, primitive camping, a nature and hiking trail and picnic area. Visitors can swim and fish in the Paluxy River which flows through the park.
Directions: Take Highway 67 to FM 205 at the west end of town, then northwest about four miles to Park Road 59 to get to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Dinosaur Valley State Park is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm for day use and at all times for camping.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center -
Here you can see more than 60 species of exotic animals. Many of them being on the endangered species list. The Wildlife Center has been featured in Texas Traveler, National Geographic Magazine, and many others. The park features 2,700 acres of open range land which visitors drive through in their cars on a winding, nine-mile paved road. Except for the cheetah and red wolf, which live in spacious, fenced-in compounds, all of the other 1,100 animals roam freely, and many come right up to your car. You can take a break from your safari and find some refreshment in a cafe with a scenic overlook, or enjoy the picnic areas. After you've rested, visit the petting area and the nature gift shop. Call (254) 897-2960 to ask about behind the scene tours of endangered species, educational camps and programs, and special events such as star watches and moonlight safaris. The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is open from 9 am until two hours before sunset daily. It is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas and is closed occasionally in January and February due to weather.
Take Highway 67 about three miles southwest of Glen Rose, turn left at the "Fossil Rim" sign and go about one and a half miles.
The Promise -
"The Promise" is a contemporary musical drama portraying the life of Jesus Christ. Spectacular sets, designed by Peter Wolf, include a sparkling moat that spans the width of the stage. Presented at The Texas Amphitheater at the crossroads of Highway 67 and Highway 144, tickets range from $8 to $19 and showtime is at 8:30 pm. For more information call (254) 897-4341 or (800)687-2661.
Travel down the Brazos River by canoeing, a popular local sport. Rentals are available at Camp Tres Rios at the joining of the Brazos and Paluxy Rivers, two miles east of Glen Rose on County Road 312 , and at Squaw Creek, where visitors to the area can find camping and cabins.
Bluegrass Festivals -
Bluegrass holds sway in the Glen Rose area, and many Bluegrass Events and Festivals are held throughout the year. These events usually feature professional musicians who play almost continuously during the party. Tres Rios RV Park and Oakdale Park on Highway 144, about three miles south of Highway 67, play host to the Bluegrass Festivals. Both parks have camping, cabins, pool and pavilion. Oakdale Park sponsors other events along with the bluegrass festivals.