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Taken 9-Dec-17
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Categories & Keywords

Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
Keywords:Coryell County Historical Marker, Gatesville Historical Marker
Photo Info

Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size6.32 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken9-Dec-17 15:18
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D90
FlashNot fired, auto mode
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 200
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Digital zoom1x


Gatesvillebr/ Coryell County, Texasbr/ 31 26.135' N 97 44.904' Wbr/ Directions: Start at the intersection of Saunders Steet and 8th Street. The marker is on the southeast corner of the br/ Text: County seat of Coryell County, Gatesville began in 1854 after the county was created. Richared 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 amp; 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.