Laurie E. Jasinski

LAKE GRANBURY. Lake Granbury is located on the Brazos River and extends through much of the eastern half of Hood County. The Brazos River Authority proposed construction of a dam on the Brazos River in Hood County in the late 1950s. Contractor H. B. Zachry Company began construction of De Cordova Bend Dam on December 15, 1966. Located approximately eight miles southeast of Granbury, the dam was named for De Cordova Bend, a prominent bend in the Brazos River in that area, originally named for land agent and entrepreneur Jacob De Cordova. The dam, composed of Ambursen-type concrete and earthfill, was 2,200 feet long and 84 feet high with a top width of 17 feet. Impoundment of water began on September 15, 1969. Lake Granbury has a total capacity of 153,500 acre-feet and 103 miles of shoreline. From the 1970s through 2000 many new lakeshore developments led to a building boom around the reservoir. Lake Granbury is a popular fishing and recreational reservoir in Hood County and attracts tourists from the nearby Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

C. L. Dowell and R. G. Petty, Engineering Data on Dams and Reservoirs in Texas (Texas Water Development Board Report 126 [3 pts., Austin, 1971–74]). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Granbury, Texas).

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