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Glen Rose is the county seat of Somervell County which was established in 1875 and named for General Alexander Somervell. The General took an active part in the Texas Revolution and was later a senator in the first Texas Congress. The early days of Glen Rose was as a trading post right on the Paluxy River. The town got its name for a small glen of wild roses that were growing there. During the 1920's and 30's Glen Rose became a popular health resort because of the sulphur water that flowed from wells.

With its location at the edge of the Hill Country, the woods around the town provided convenient hiding places for the consumption of alcohol during the time of Prohibition. The Moonshine business prospered helping to make Glen Rose known as the 'Whiskey Woods Capital' of Texas.

In the 1930s, dinosaur tracks were uncovered by the formation of the Paluxy River. Paleontologists excavated the sites and found 3 identifying tracks - the Theropod, Sauropod and Pleurocoleus dinosaurs. The Sauropod tracks were the first of their kind to be recognised. The better specimens at that time were unfortunate taken away to a Museum. It is now in the hands of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the early 1970's Glen Rose's future suddenly changed with the installation of a nuclear power plant just 5 miles north of the town. This brought about sudden jobs and revenue not to mention a railway.

Today there are several places of interest in Glen Rose. Dinosaur Valley State Park where you can view some of the dinosaur tracks still in the bed of the Paluxy River. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center - a great natural setting park for endangered animals and birds which you can drive around and get close to the animals. The town is also famous for The Promise - a historical but contemporary re-enactment of the life of Jesus of Nazareth which is performed by a cast of 80 in an open-air Texas Amphitheatre on Friday and Saturday nights from June to October.

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  • Last visit to Glen Rose: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2006 at 11:49 AM

    How fascinating about the dinosaur tracks. We have dinosaurs here in the UK they work in a place called the House of Commons - lol Another brilliantly written page with an abudance of excellent information and photographs

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2004 at 7:44 PM

    what a wonderful and unique intro pic KW, and the Dinosaur Valley must be a expirience..I would like to see that. thanx for sharing this amazing place & page

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2004 at 3:14 AM

    That Rex looks more friendly to be a dangerous predator Tyrannosaurus! Great page with lovely animals from all Periods!

  • Hosell's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2003 at 6:45 PM

    What a great page Keewee!! the Dinosaur Valley looks like a very interesting place to visit,also wonderful wildlife photos!!!!! Have a Great Thanksgiving Day!!!!!

  • miner's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 4:44 PM

    What a fantastic place. It sounds like a great day safari. Excellent tour!!

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 4:19 PM

    Woww.. girl.. Awesome page! I enjoyed reading about this park, and especially the animals. They are doing a great job with the breeding programs. Super pics keewee.. ;-)

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 1:53 PM

    Loved all those animals! intriguing zebra. Surprised myself finding the turkey the strangest of all. :-)

  • btex's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 10:35 AM

    nice page! dino valley is a cool place - too bad those dinos aren't real :) fossil rim looks good too. well done!


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