Palo Pinto
Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - 584
2000 Census - 578
Graford, Texas
Graford Texas History:
In 1854, George R. Bevers established a homestead at Flat Rock Crossing on Big Keechi Creek, three miles east of the present townsite of Graford. In 1855, he built a home which became a stopping place for travelers between Fort Belknap and Weatherford. Ansell Russell and Willis Mills built the first store. The Graford post office was established in 1894. The town incorporated by 1940 when it had 804 residents. Graford is located at the intersections of SH 337, SH 254 (Lee Avenue) and FM 4 (Main Street), 12 miles east of Possum Kingdom Lake, 25 miles southeast of Graham, 33 miles southwest of Jacksboro, 47 miles southwest of Runaway Bay and Lake Bridgeport, 36 miles northwest of Weatherford, 15 miles northwest of Mineral Wells, 40 miles northeast of Strawn, 39.5 miles northeast of Gordon, and 32.6 miles northeast of Palo Pinto, Texas.
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
PK Speedway:
They offer go cart racing and miniature golf. (940) 779-2185. They are located at 250 South SH 16.
Annual Mardi Gras Parade & Shrimp Fest, March:
Activities include a parade on Bourbon Street in Graford followed by an all you can eat shrimp peel dinner with live music, Cajun dance music, and float and costume awards. Dinner tickets are $22; BYOB. Only small coolers allowed in the dining area; no glass. Float entries are free. Throw beads, float decorations, costumes, and other items are for sale in the Chamber's Mardi Gras Store. The parade begins at 3pm on Park Road 36 at the public boat ramp on FM 2951, across from the Rockin’ S Bar & Grill. The parade ends at LaVilla Road. The dinner begins at 6pm at the chamber of commerce building. (888) 779-8330. (940) 779-2424. 362 North FM 2352, Graford, Texas 76449.
Annual PK Fireworks at Hells’ Gate, July 4th:
Enjoy by boat, or by land at the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce. For the event, the YMCA gates are open 6:30-8:45pm. Concessions available; bring your own chairs and/or blankets, and picnic cooler. The YMCS will not be accessible by boat. YMCA fee applies. Call the chamber for more information. (888) 779-8330. (940) 779-2424. The YMCA is located at the end of Park Road 36. The closest town is Graford, Texas.Location Map
Annual PK East Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry, July:
This event is held at the PK East Volunteer Fire Department Building adjacent to the PK Chamber of Commerce at  362 North FM 2352, Graford, Texas, on the east side of the lake. (940) 779-2390. Email
Annual Buckets & Boots Music Festival, July:
After the 2011 wildfires in Palo Pinto and Young Counties devastated over 1,500,--- acres and 300 homes, a group of local property owners established the Bucket and Boots Foundation to provide support to Palo Pinto County’s twelve volunteer fire departments. They raise funds to repair and upgrade firefighting equipment. The annual Bucket and Boots Music Festival is one of their fundraising efforts. The Bellamy Brothers headlined the 2014 upstairs. This event is held at Rocker B Ranch at 1125 Chaney Lane, Graford, Texas 76449. Email
Annual PKCC Possum Fest & Great Outdoors BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, Graford, Late Sept or Early Oct:
Saturday night features a Cook's Dance with live music; BYOB and admission is free. Other events include a Silent auction, live auction, kid’s games, a dunkin' booth, fun floozies, crazy cowboys, and a large number of vendors. The 2009 benefit drawing prize was a 2008 Yamaha VX Cruiser Wave runner with trailer; retail value $10,500. Tickets are on sale at the Chamber. (888) 779-8330. (940) 779-2424. This event is held at the PK Chamber building at 362 North FM 2352, on the east side of the lake. The closest town is Graford, Texas.
Rockin' S Bar & Grill at Possum Kingdom Lake, Graford:
They offer specialty pizzas, subs, fajitas, hamburgers and other menu items; breakfast is served seasonally during the summer beginning at 7:30am. They offer pool tables, shuffleboard, video games, and feature live music and entertainment during the summer season. (940) 779-3499. 1784 FM 2951. They are located across from Sam’s Dock at the junction of Park Road 36 and FM 2951, Graford. Reviews  
The Grill at Hill County Harbor on Possum Kingdom Lake, Graford:
Chef Andrew Alexander is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of American in New York. The menu features American cuisine with a Southwestern flair; the steaks, seafood, salads and desserts are delicious. Dining options include inside dining and outside patio dining overlooking the lake. Lunch is served Wed-Sun, 11am-2pm. Dinner is served Wed-Sat, 6pm-9pm. Amenities include a courtesy dock. Reservations are recommended for dinner. (800) 886-1451. 3415 Scenic Point Drive, Graford.