“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gatesville in Coryell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Gatesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, June 30, 2013
1. Gatesville Marker
Inscription. County seat of Coryell County, Gatesville began in 1854 after the county was created. Richard Grant, an Indian trader and local landowner, donated the townsite. It was named for Old Fort Gates (1849-1852), which had been established 5 miles east for Indian protection. The Fort, named for U.S. Army major G. R. Gates, was the first settlement in the county.

For a few months Fort Gates served as county seat, but then Gatesville was chosen. The County's first mail line—from Gatesville to Belton—was set up in 1855. The town grew slowly at first, suffering from intermittent Indian raids, but the period from 1870 to 1882 saw great progress.

In 1870 the town was incorporated and in 1872 a courthouse was built. When St. Louis & Southwestern railroad ran a spur line to Gatesville in 1882, the citizens held a gala welcoming celebration.

With the railroad came prosperity and many new homes and businesses. A fine opera house, frontier symbol of culture, was erected and numerous civic improvements were initiated.

Today the town is the home of the Gatesville and Mountain View State schools for boys. The economy of the area is based on ranching and agriculture.
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2113.)
Gatesville City Hall with marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, June 30, 2013
2. Gatesville City Hall with marker
31° 26.134′ N, 97° 44.905′ W. Marker is in Gatesville, Texas, in Coryell County. Marker is at the intersection of North 8th Street and Saunders Street, on the right when traveling north on North 8th Street. Click for map. In front of Gatesville City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 N 8th Street, Gatesville TX 76528, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hammack Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1904 Leon River Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wood Cemetery (approx. 12 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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