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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Somervell County, Texas

Clickable Map of Somervell County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Somervell County, TX (31) Bosque County, TX (33) Erath County, TX (75) Hood County, TX (43) Johnson County, TX (56)  SomervellCounty(31) Somervell County (31)  BosqueCounty(33) Bosque County (33)  ErathCounty(75) Erath County (75)  HoodCounty(43) Hood County (43)  JohnsonCounty(56) Johnson County (56)
Glen Rose is the county seat for Somervell County
Adjacent to Somervell County, Texas
      Bosque County (33)  
      Erath County (75)  
      Hood County (43)  
      Johnson County (56)  
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1 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — A Story in Stone
Fossilized dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy riverbed tell an ancient story of two dinosaurs, the fierce predator Acrocanthosaurus, and Sauroposeidon - its prey. Acrocanthosaurus - Equipped to Kill! With teeth like . . . Map (db m236479) HM
2 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — An Ancient Story
The Taylor Site Dinosaur tracks upstream from this panel at the Taylor Site are fossilized tracks with a denser in-fill material that dates to over 100 million years ago. These ancient dinosaur tracks have eroded in several different ways: . . . Map (db m186849) HM
3 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Ancient Secrets Revealed
The Ballroom Site In 2009, scientists mapped hundreds of dinosaur tracks along this stretch of the Paluxy River. Hundreds of dinosaur tracks lie underwater upriver from here. Unfortunately most are either submerged, or are not . . . Map (db m186850) HM
4 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Apatosaurus"deceptive lizard"
Formerly known as Brontosaurus, "thunder lizard," Apatosaurus was among the largest of land animals that ever lived. One specimen measured 75 feet long and probably weighed 33 tons. Its brain was the size of a human fist. It lived in the Late . . . Map (db m186801) HM
5 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Barnard's MillEst. 1860
Barnard's Mill, established 1860 on the banks of the Paluxy River, was constructed by Charles E. Barnard through a contract with the Milam School Land District. A unique grist mill was powered by a water turned turbine engine. Walls are of . . . Map (db m246208) HM
6 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 304 — Barnard's Mill
Early Texas grist mill. Built like a fort -- with gun ports and walls 3 feet thick at bottom -- to withstand Indian attacks. Constructed in 1860 by Charles Barnard, who (with his brother, George) ran it until 1874. Previously the Barnards had . . . Map (db m218059) HM
7 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 684 — Campbell Building
Built by T. B. Campbell, M.D., and wife Julia in 1894-95. Native limestone walls are 18" thick; pillars and window sills hand-hewn. Has housed general store, other businesses, telephone exchange, post office. Upper floor used for meetings. . . . Map (db m138122) HM
8 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Deep Water Shelter
The Blue Hole Site The Blue Hole is located on a rocky ledge down to your right. Millions of years ago, a small pack of fierce predatory Acrocanthosaurus dinosaurs left tracks in soft mud near here most likely while hunting . . . Map (db m186851) HM
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9 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 1226 — Dinosaur Tracks
Formed 100,000,000 years ago, tracks of 3 kinds of dinosaurs are preserved in the limestone below Paluxy River. Types include Acrocanthosaurus (a meat-eater), Camptosaurus (plant-eater who left 3-toed bird-like tracks), and Pleurocoelus (a . . . Map (db m137798) HM
10 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Dinosaurs
The animals portrayed by these models are two of the most familiar and well known of all dinosaurs. However, these two animais did not live at the same time. The brontosaur died out over 40 million years before the tyrannosaur appeared. Nor were . . . Map (db m186802) HM
11 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 1781 — First National Bank
Hand hewn-native stone structure, built 1896 by A. P. Humphreys, as saloon. Lodge hall upstairs hosted dances, socials, stage shows. First National moved in, 1902, with such customers as Col. Charles Goodnight, trail-blazing cattleman. . . . Map (db m137838) HM
12 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Fossil Tracks
Fossils are remnants of ancient plants and animals preserved in stone. They provide the evidence scientists use to describe the past history of life on earth. Fossils come in two types: some are petrified remains of an organism, like bones or . . . Map (db m236448) HM
13 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 12198 — Lanham Mill Community
William and Mary E. Lanham and their family came to Texas from Tennessee about 1870. They purchased land and settled on a farm at the confluence of the Paluxy River and White Bluff Creek in what was at that time Hood County. William Lanham was one . . . Map (db m233869) HM
14 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Making a Dinosaur
These and other models were built by artist Louis Paul Jonas (1894-1971) under commission by Sinclair Oil Company for its exhibit at the New York City World's Fair of 1964 and 1965. Jonas began with hundreds of sketches and models, resulting . . . Map (db m186794) HM
15 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Making Tracks
The Dinosaur Valley track impressions were made on broad, shallow tidal flats consisting of sticky, limey mud. Through the action of tides, the imprints slowly filled with clay and silt particles. The filler sediments were a different river-borne . . . Map (db m233825) HM
16 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 17024 — Mineral Springs Primitive Baptist Church
On Sunday, May 30, 1886, Elder Wilson Hufner and W.L. Rogers founded this church in nearby Post Oak. Charter members were J.O. Soap, his wife, Rebecca and Mrs. Fannie May. The church first joined the Village Creek Association, but in 1899 joined 15 . . . Map (db m233819) HM
17 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Misleading Models
Which dinosaurs left their tracks here at Dinosaur Valley State Park? Visitors often think that the dinosaur tracks in the park were made by Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus, the models in front of you. Although famous and . . . Map (db m186809) HM
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18 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Old County Jail
Built in 1934, funded as a WPA government project during the Depression, as a replacement for the first county jail built in 1884, located on the same site. The first structure was one story tall with the cell cage setting on the ground inside. . . . Map (db m196806) HM
19 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 14071 — Post Oak Community
Settled in the years following the Civil War, Post Oak was an agricultural community for most of its history. Its name, derived from trees which are common in Somervell County, was solidified by 1896, when School District No. 2 took the name Post . . . Map (db m233871) HM
20 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Roland T. Bird - Dinosaur Hunter
In 1938, Roland (R.T.) Bird traveled all over the United States in search of fossils for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The dinosaur tracks that he found here sent shockwaves through the scientific world. There were . . . Map (db m236483) HM
21 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Sign of Ancient Times
One day, about 105 million years ago, a small herd of four-footed, plant-eating dinosaurs fled southward along an ancient shoreline. Their mortal enemy, a two-footed, meat-eating dinosaur, pursued close on their heels. The evidence of their passage . . . Map (db m236431) HM
22 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 13766 — Snyder Sanitarium
Hundreds of natural springs and artesian wells made Glen Rose a health resort at the turn of the century. George Paul Snyder (1878-1942), a native of California, opened a sanitarium here in 1915. He built this two-story structure in 1919 to . . . Map (db m218060) HM
23 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 4977 — Somervell County
Named for Alexander Somervell (1796-1854), native of Maryland, veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, Secretary of War under Texas President David G. Burnet; commanded the 1842 Somervell Expedition seeking to end Mexican invasions of Texas Republic. . . . Map (db m137836) HM
24 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 4978 — Somervell County Courthouse
Built 1893. Late Victorian style. Native limestone construction. County was organized in 1875 and named for General Alexander Somervell (1796-1854), Texas soldier, colonist, and statesman. Court was first held in an old . . . Map (db m138075) HM
25 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 14614 — Somervell County Veterans
(East Face) In memory of those who gave their lives for their country In memory of veterans of all wars from Somervell County (North Face) Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of World . . . Map (db m139289) HM WM
26 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — 5025 — Squaw Creek Indian Fight, 1864
Civil War frontier victory, near this site. About 25 raiding Indians jumped a fox hunter, Rigman Bryant, killed him, shot his dog, stole his horse. That afternoon the Indians and stolen horses were seen by a minister, Silas Scarborough, W.C. . . . Map (db m138121) HM
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27 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Tyrannosaurus rex"king tyrant lizard"
T. rex was a spectacularly fearsome beast, the largest carnivore ever to walk the earth. One specimen measured 50 feet long and may have weighed 8 tons. Its monstrous 3-foot jaws bore 60 serrated teeth up to 7 inches long, perfect for slicing . . . Map (db m186791) HM
28 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — Welcome to Dinosaur Valley State Park
Come and explore a fascinating landscape where dinosaurs once roamed! Here at Dinosaur Valley State Park you can touch fossilized tracks of dinosaurs that are over 100 million years old. Learn how the Paluxy River has exposed these amazing . . . Map (db m233826) HM
29 Texas, Somervell County, Glen Rose — World's Fair Wonders
These life-size dinosaur models came to Dinosaur Valley State Park after thrilling audiences at the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York. In 1969, when fair sponsor Sinclair Oil merged with Atlantic Richfield and dropped its Dino logo, Glen . . . Map (db m186785) HM
30 Texas, Somervell County, Nemo — 12197 — Barnard's Trading Post No. 2
The Torrey Brothers of Connecticut and their childhood friend George Barnard, with President Sam Houston as a partner, contracted to build a series of trading posts along the Brazos River in 1843. Barnard's friendly manner made the Indians his . . . Map (db m182272) HM
31 Texas, Somervell County, Nemo — 13205 — George's Creek Baptist Church
The history of the George's Creek community can be traced to two men who passed through the area on an 1841 expedition from the Republic of Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The men, George Barnard and Thomas Torrey later acquired land in the vicinity. . . . Map (db m233949) HM
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May. 24, 2024