Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: Glen Rose and Las Colinas: Photo 2
Why a town here? Glen Rose is on the Paluxy River, a slim tributary of the lazy Brazos. That's important to its history, because the town began about 1860 as a grist mill. The mill changed hands, and the new owner's wife was British. At her suggestion, the place became Glen Rose in 1872. Its population rose to 600 by 1890 and 1,000 by 1910.
There probably wasn't a lot of grist milling by then, but the Paluxy, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, had waters "valuable for medicinal purposes," and so Glen Rose became a town for people seeking rejuvenation. Perhaps they found it, but 50 years later the town still had only 1,000 people. It's doubled since then, thanks (if that's the right word) to the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant, which opened a few miles to the north in 1981 and is now the town's largest employer. With Cleburne half an hour down the road, however, Glen Rose's downtown hasn't benefited much from the town's population growth.
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