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Hood County Jail and Historical Museum

208 N. Crockett Street, Granbury, TX
(817) 573-5135
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Ranked #3 of 25 Attractions in Granbury
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The museum is housed in an authentic old western jail built in 1885 and located just off the northeast corner of the town square. The museum preserved... more » Owner description: The museum is housed in an authentic old western jail built in 1885 and located just off the northeast corner of the town square. The museum preserved the upstairs jail cells and hanging gallows just as they were when the County used it as a jail. The main floor houses exhibits on Hood County history covering David Crockett's descendants, General Granbury's tombstone, the Colony, Jesse James, John Wilkes Booth, Bell Starr, Comanche Peak, Barnard's Trading Post, the Brown family piano, and much more. It is recommended to call museum in advance. « less
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Mauriceville, Texas, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The history of this old jail is fascinating. The prefabricated cellblock built inside the existing cellblock was interesting. There are some typewriters on display that predate anything I have ever seen.

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Granbury, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were so impressed with the history in this town. The jail is like stepping back in time. You get to tour the whole jail. Nothing is off limits. We were the only ones in there. The guides were so informative. I would highly recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'm not a history buff in any way shape or form. I leave that to my husband. What I will say is when we visited it on Sunday, I had a change of heart. The two tour guides made for a very pleasant experience. Their passion for history made me want to hear more. If you're in town, be sure... More

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Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Kept meaning to go in when we'd visit Granbury ... Glad we finally did! Tour guides were very informative. Exhibits were displayed well with lots of good information - learned a lot! Jail cells upstairs were very fascinating. Tour guides very welcoming, informative and happy to answer any questions. Don't miss it!!

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Arkansas City, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We visited the jail and there was a volunteer tour guide who took us upstairs to see the jail and answered our questions. Small and crowded but worth the time.

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Kerrville, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

So we came here on the advise of a local and was not disappounted. Does not take long to walk through but it sure does hold a lot of history. The volunteer who walked with us was very chatty and provided a ton of information.

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Mesquite, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We chose to visit due to several responses from Tripadvisor reviewers. There were no volunteer tour guides on the day we visited, which was a bit of a disappointment. The museum part outlines some of the county's history, but the highlight was going upstairs to see the jail. Really a neat experience and it does not take long to see.

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San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It's hot and a little claustrophobic, and there are some steep stairs, but don't miss this if you're a history buff or if you just like quirky. I agree with reviewers who enjoyed this little gem. The lady who gave us the talk up front was entertaining and informative, and the museum in the back (where the jailer and his... More

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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

They people that work there know so much about the jail and are happy to share any information asked. The jail cells upstairs are so neat to look at, along with all the artifacts collected downstairs. Its only $2 so it is definitely worth looking at

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Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our tour guide was funny and pointed out the most interesting items in the museum. Worth the small fee to visit.

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