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Gatesville in Coryell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Fort Hood Communities

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1. Fort Hood Communities Marker

On January 15, 1942, the U.S. Army established a tank destroyer tactical and firing center near Killeen covering more than 100 square miles. Camp Hood (later Fort Hood) would be used to train fifty battalions of about 1,000 men each for World War II combat. Because of the size of the facility, the army needed to acquire more than 88,000 acres of land. About twenty small communities in Coryell County were taken by the government for the establishment of the facility, later named Fort Hood. Many communities were established in the early 1850s before the county was created. During the time of the property acquisitions there was much confusion among the citizens of Coryell County. Families who had lived on the same land for generations watched as homes and churches were lost and beloved dead were reburied in other cemeteries. Financial difficulties arose because of the chaos that followed. The changes happened in a matter of days and weeks because of the urgent need for military training and response.

It was a long and hard recovery for those uprooted. In an article in the Gatesville Messenger on February 27, 1942, the author
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speaks about committee representatives of the camp site area appealing to elected officials about the land prices. The people affected by Fort Hood did not oppose the government using their land for its purpose, but they did expect to be paid reasonable prices so that they might purchase similar homes in other places. Because of the common hardships, community members banded together and became a closer group. Today, even though they are more scattered geographically, these families and their descendants maintain connections through communication, reunions and the traditions of generations past.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17087.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 31° 22.001′ N, 97° 41.392′ W. Marker is in Gatesville, Texas, in Coryell County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 36 and 18th Street (Local Road 18), on the left when traveling south on State Highway 36. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gatesville TX 76528, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cotton Belt Depot (approx. 5.3 miles away); Dr. John Calhoun Bates (approx. 5.4 miles away); Jesse Graham
Fort Hood Communities Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, November 25, 2021
2. Fort Hood Communities Marker
(approx. 5˝ miles away); Restland Cemetery Memorial (approx. 5˝ miles away); First Baptist Church of Gatesville (approx. 5.8 miles away); Coryell County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Gatesville (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hammack Building (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gatesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 158 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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