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Booth in the Nutshell!
Booth in the Nutshell!

John Wilkes Booth Did Not Die! Murals

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Granbury, Texas

According to a theory that still holds traction in Texas, Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, renamed himself John St. Helen and tended bar in a saloon in Granbury long after he was officially dead. He confessed to the crime in 1877 to Finis L. Bates, grandfather of actress Kathy Bates.

The building where St. Helen/Booth tended bar still stands on the courthouse square, as a bakery and eatery named The Nutshell. On its walls are painted murals of Booth strolling through his bar (and Jesse James about to shoot a bear). In the mural there's a Wanted poster for the capture of the President's assassin.

Diners might politely ask to sit in the Booth Booth, just to hear employees groan.

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John Wilkes Booth Did Not Die! Murals

Nutshell Eatery and Bakery

137 E Pearl St., Granbury, TX
Downtown Granbury, SE corner of courthouse square in the Nutshell.
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