Introduction to Gatesville, Texas
Gatesville, Texas, in Coryell county, is 22 miles N of Killeen, Texas (center to center) and 80 miles N of Austin, Texas. The city is included in the Killeen - Temple metropolitan area. As of the 2000 census, 15,591 people lived in Gatesville.
This region was originally owned by Richard G. Grant. Following the establishment of Coryell County in 1854, Grant donated the land on which the community of Gatesville was organized. It was named after the nearby Fort Gates. A post office was established in July, 1854, and James C. Newton became the postmaster. After the Civil War, a number of settlers moved to this area, and Gatesville was officially incorporated in 1870. The Waco-to-Gatesville section of the Texas and St. Louis Railway was established in 1882, thereby opening the region for commerce. Soon, Gatesville emerged as the shipping and supply center of the county. The economy also benefited largely from the construction of Fort Hood in the 1940s.
Gatesville and Nearby Attractions
- Coryell Museum and Historical Center
- Faunt Le Roy Park
- Buckhorn Museum
- Mother Neff State Park
- Cameron Park Zoo
- Earle-Harrison House & Gardens
Things To Do In Gatesville
Gatesville is home to the Coryell Museum and Historical Center which preserves the arts, sciences, and history of the region. The nearby Buckhorn Museum showcases trophy mounts of a variety of animals, fish, and birds. It also features the Hall of Texas History Wax Museum where more than 400 years of Texas history is depicted through interactive displays. Earle-Harrison House & Gardens, a Greek Revival style mansion constructed in the late 1850s, is a place of historic interest near Gatesville. Mother Neff State Park, spread across 259 acres of land along the Leon River, offers facilities for the enjoyment camping, picnicking, and fishing. Faunt Le Roy Park, and Cameron Park Zoo are the other popular destinations in the area. The city also hosts the Shivaree festival during June every year.
Air transportation is available from the Waco Regional Airport.
Gatesville Higher Education
Central Texas College operates a satellite campus in Gatesville. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Temple College, Paul Quinn College, and McLennan Community College are some of the other colleges near the city.