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De Cordova Bend

General Entry

De Cordova Bend is a bend in the Brazos River six miles southeast of Granbury in southern Hood and west central Johnson counties (at 32°22' N, 97°39' W). It is named for Jacob De Cordova, an entrepreneur who attempted to develop water-powered manufacturing enterprises on the river in Hood County during the 1860s. The bend traverses flat to rolling terrain surfaced by moderately deep to deep sandy and clay loams that support hardwood trees and grasses. The area drained by the bend has served as a source of sand and gravel for local enterprises and has occasionally been the site of settlements. In 1966 construction began on a dam at De Cordova Bend which, after its completion three years later, impounded Lake Granbury.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “De Cordova Bend,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 13, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994