The Great Texas Feud

The Board of The Bridge Street History Center would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Playwright Mary Barile, the cast, crew, director and all who attended the recently concluded concert reading of The Great Texas Feud at Granbury Live.   Also thanks to the City of Granbury for their support, the staff of Granbury Live, Stage Manager Teresa Sims, Maurice Walton and Roger Enlow for introductions…an amazing job by all.

Special Thanks to: Granbury Theatre Company, Drenda Lewis, Lake Granbury Medical Center, Lakeside Physicians,  The New Granbury Live, Shad Ramsey, Hood County News, Teri Ewing

Cast and Director:

L-R Ridge Roberts (Fiddler), Brian Lawson (Bill Mitchell), Sam Houston (Nelson “Cooney” Mitchell, Judge Ralph Walton (The Judge), Phil Groeschel (Director), Josh Leblo (James Truitt), Dr. Tom Hamilton (Alexander McCamant, Court Clerk), J.D. Choate (Various local characters who had connection to the events portrayed).

The Reviews Are In…And They’re Great!

The Great Texas Feud concert reading presentation at Granbury Live is an entertaining, informative and unique presentation of the trial of Nelson “Cooney” Mitchell, the only person legally hung in Hood County Texas. The cast of local characters, along with period music performed by World Champion Fiddler Ridge Roberts lends an authentic and genuine feel, and the intimate setting of the Granbury Live venue is perfect as the audience becomes the jury deciding if Cooney’s fate was deserved…or not, based on the evidence presented by testimony of the various colorful witnesses. There are still tickets available for the final performance on October 21st, 2018 so don’t miss the chance to vote on Ol’ Cooney’s guilt or innocence.

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!