Groesbeck

City of Groesbeck

Greosbeck, Texas
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Groesbeck, TX was dedicated as a town site by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1869, Groesbeck is named for Abraham Groesbeck, one of its directors and a railroad employee. Groesbeck is the county seat of Limestone County, Texas.  The population was 4,291 at the 2000 census.  Located centrally in the area between Houston, Austin, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. The Groesbeck area has built an economy long based on agriculture which has recently expanded to various mining enterprises, small manufacturing industries, and recreational and tourist attractions. We are 30 miles from both IH35 and IH45, Texas’s two main interstate highways at the junction of State Highways 14 and 164. Because of its central location, Groesbeck offers all of the necessary amenities to a family while providing the security of a small town. In addition the area offers many recreational facilities, such as Ft. Parker and Lake Limestone, which provide relaxation for its citizens and tourists. In addition, its rich history is preserved in the many historical cites in the area. Old Ft. Parker was the site of the kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker, who later became the mother of Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief. The Confederate Reunion Grounds provided the location for many county-wide activities and is preserved today. The town holds an annual Christmas Festival at the site of old Fort Parker every December. The original fort has been re-built on the original site to exact specifications.It is also home of Limestone County’s “Million Dollar Courthouse.”

The Limestone County Airport makes a huge economic impact on the county, and that impact is bound to be even greater now that the new terminal building, a 2,200 square-foot facility, is operational. The terminal contains a conference room, a pilots’ lounge, a flight-planning room, and a weather-briefing room. In addition to the terminal, KSA designed a 1,000-foot extension to the airport’s runway, paving the way for the facility’s handling of corporate jet traffic. The extended runway length is 5,001 feet. The extension was funded 90 percent with federal funds, while Limestone County, which has been highly supportive of the airport, paid 10 percent of the cost, with assistance from the Texas Department of Transportation.  In addition to the ever-increasing number of jets, the airport is home for many propeller planes which use the facility on a daily basis.

The terminal is located approx. 14 miles North of Groesbeck just off Highway 14.

Here is a list of a few of the Local Business’s:

Hospital: Limestone Medical Center  & Family Medicine

Hotels, Motels & Lodging:
Best Western Groesbeck Inn & Suites, Days Inn and Suites Groesbeck

Grocery Store: Brookshire’s

Public LibraryMaffett Memorial Library

Restaurants:  Billy B’s Sale Barn Café, Bush’s Chicken,
Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Swick’s Barbecue, Sonic Drive In, Subway

Schools: Groesbeck ISD

Lake Limestone is located 20 miles southeast of Groesbeck on the upper Navasota River in Leon, Limestone and Robertson Counties. Approximately 1 hr. from Bryan/College Station, 1 hr. 20min to Waco,  2 hrs. from Dallas and Houston.  The lake covers a surface are of 12,680 acres and is approximately 16 miles long, but lake level is variable depending on rainfall and water use.  Lake Limestone is for public use for all type of water recreation.  The predominant fish species are Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Crapppie and Channel, Blue and Flathead Catfish.  The Lake is controlled by the Brazos River Authority ::Brazos River Authority:: Lake Limestone

For more information on Lake Limestone check out the Lake Limestone Page.

Residents of note:

Actor Joe Don Baker was born in Groesbeck in 1936.

National Football League player Rhett Bomar was born in Groesbeck in 1985.

National Football League players Kenneth Sims, Frankie Smith, and Lenoy Jones played for Groesbeck High School.

Groesbeck High School has an outstanding tennis program, having produced several state champions, and have sent players to Texas State Tennis Finals 24 consecutive years.

Information provided by cityofgroesbeck.com and wikipedia