A divine detour across Palo Duro — with a Glen Rose connection

Glen Rose’s Connie Scott has some ancestors who played a notable role in Texas history, the Hamblen family.

Glen Rose Current editor Kathryn Jones wrote a piece in the November issue of Texas Highways Magazine about one of the most spectacular drives in Texas, Highway 207 that cuts across the southern rim of Palo Duro Canyon. Connie’s third grandfather on her mother’s side, Sterling Hamblen, is the father of Will Hamblen, who was an early settler of the canyon and fought for the building of the road, which came to be known as Hamblen Drive in his honor.

Connie reports that Sterling Phillip Hamblen, born 1846 in Alabama, came to the Johnson County area sometime around 1875 to 1880.

“I love to go out to Palo Duro Canyon,” Connie says. “I have a picture of Sterling, his wife, Martha, and their three children. Martha died in 1880 and that’s when they moved out west.”

Following is the story published in Texas Highways. We hope you enjoy reading it. And if you haven’t driven this road before, put it on your “Texas to do” list. You’ll never forget it.

“A Divine Detour”



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