“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cresson in Hood County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Cresson School

Cresson School Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Oxner, July 23, 2013
1. Cresson School Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. Approximately ten years after settlers began moving to this area, Hood County was formed from part of Johnson County in 1866. Cresson was platted in the late 1880s, and surveyor Madison Jones later deeded land at this site for school purposes.

Cresson, like many of the rural communities surrounding it, started its school programs in one-room schoolhouses. Cresson's was located just west of this site and was torn down in 1890 when a two-story frame structure was erected here. This schoolhouse was used until 1918, when it was replaced by a larger, red brick building that burned years later in October 1930. Students attended classes at local churches while the school district worked to build a new schoolhouse.

The M.l. Wallace & Co. architectural firm from Dallas served as designer, and county school superintendent Victor B. Penuel chose the appearance for the new school building. The yellow-brick, mission revival schoolhouse was completed in 1931, with an auditorium and four large classrooms. Design elements include cartouches and decorative elements in window surrounds. Fund-raisers held during subsequent years added a kitchen and indoor restroom facilities. In July 1965, a severe storm damaged several buildings in Cresson, and lightning struck the school. The central parapet on the main fašade, designed to resemble
Cresson School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Oxner, July 23, 2013
2. Cresson School and Marker
the curved parapet of the Alamo in San Antonio, was damaged and later replaced.

After Cresson consolidated with Granbury schools in 1967, the school building sat abandoned; a community group organized in the late 1970s to work for its restoration. Today, the school serves as a community center and as a link to Cresson's early educational programs.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2003

Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13144.)
Location. 32° 31.869′ N, 97° 37.261′ W. Marker is in Cresson, Texas, in Hood County. Marker is at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and North Crook Street, on the right when traveling west on Pittsburgh Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9304 Pittsburgh St, Cresson TX 76035, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of Godley (approx. 7.9 miles away); Bankhead Highway in Aledo (approx. 12.8 miles away).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 130 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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