The Great Texas Feud; A Play About The Mitchell-Truitt Trial…Was Cooney Guilty? You get to decide.

Granbury townspeople are preparing and rehearsing for 3 performances about the The Great Texas Feud.  

Step back to 1874 to witness a live presentation murder trial from Hood County. Nelson “Cooney” Mitchell was found guilty and hung. BUT – was Mitchell really guilty or was an outraged community determined to charge someone for the murders. Review the facts that were presented in the historic trial with a dramatic reading performed by an outstanding cast of Granbury citizens.

Written by Mary Barile and Directed by Phil Groeschel with music provided by World Champion Fiddle player Ridge Roberts!

The Mitchell-Truitt Trial October 18-21 at The New Granbury Live. Get your tickets early !


Thanks To All Who Attended The Add-Ran College Presentation!

The Bridge Street History would like to express our appreciation to all who were able to attend the Add-Ran College presentation today at Harbor Lakes Clubhouse, also to Dr. Gene Smith and Dr. Ronald Burns, both current TCU faculty members who did a wonderful job speaking to a packed house and shedding light on an interesting and largely unknown part of local Hood County history.

Interested folks were also able to visit the site of the former Add-Ran College in Thorp’s Spring and the cemetery where Pleasant Thorp is buried.

Add-Ran College Historical Review and Site Vist

Update! Due to the forecast for excessive heat this coming Saturday June 2 we have made a decision to remain at the Harbor Lakes Clubhouse for the entire Add Ran College Historical Review rather than moving to the outdoor site of the former Add Ran College in Thorp’s Spring for the second part of the presentation.


The Bridge Street History Center will be hosting an event on June 2, 2018 featuring the story of Add-Ran College that would later become Texas Christian University (TCU).

Add Ran College – Thorp’s Spring, Texas This building was rected in 1877 and demolished in 1946

Saturday morning, June 2, at 9:00 AM we will meet at Harbor Lakes Club House for breakfast and a presentation by Dr. Gene Smith, TCU History Professor, discussing the general history of TCU. He has old photographs and will answer questions and we will then proceed to Thorp’s Spring and the site where Add-Ran College once stood. Dr. Ronald Burris will present on how Add-Ran College, in the small town of Thorp’s Spring, evolved into Texas Christian University.

Breakfast is FREE to Friends Of The Bridge Street History Center (whose membership dues are current) that Pre-register for this event. The general public will also be invited.  Non pre-registered folks, along with the general public, will pay $15.00 for breakfast. If you can attend, please RSVP to Teresa Sims by text (817-578-0234) or use the Contact Us link on this page to reserve your place. Harbor Lakes only holds so many, so when we are full, no more will be admitted for breakfast. Of course, the time in Thorp’s Spring would still be open. You will need to bring your own chair to Add-Ran (BYOC!). We will not have refreshments there.

One tidbit: The split at Add-Ran College was the beginning of the split between the Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ. (and did they Really throw a piano out the second story window – while it was being played?!!)
Please reserve your place for Breakfast at the Add-Ran College event. Just another benefit of being a Friend of The Bridge Street History Center!

An Amazing Evening With Dr. Bruce Winders Curator of The Alamo


The Bridge Street History Center’s Ramay-Macatee Lecture Series continued to offer an amazing evening to a full Historic Granbury Opera House with Dr. Bruce Winders, Curator of The Alamo speaking on his observations about how historical events (such as those leading up to the famous Battle of The Alamo) are simply pieces of a much larger and connected story. He also addressed the varying accounts of the demise of David Crockett of Alamo fame, and husband of Hood County’s own Elizabeth Patton Crockett. Dr. Winders wove in interesting and sometimes humorous personal stories of his experiences as a history teacher and also of his work and encounters as Curator of The Alamo. Lastly, his account of the Travis letters and efforts to reach the Alamo defenders shed new insight on how those events are generally perceived. A reception and book signing was held at Celebration Hall following the lecture and a good time was had by all.

The Bridge Street History Center Committee wishes to thank Dr. Winders, our Corporate Sponsors, staff of the City of Granbury and The Historic Granbury Opera House, Friends and Advisors of The Bridge Street History Center, Ike and Trisha Thomas for use of Celebration Hall,  ticket distributors Red on The Square and The Historic Nutt House, any and all volunteer workers and contributors, and especially those folks who took time to attend the lecture.