in a Pecan ShellThe
first settlement in Coryell County, it grew alongside Fort
Gates, the military outpost. The
fort itself was short-lived (1849-1852).
Even without the
fort, the community felt secure enough to become the county seat. It turned
over its responsibilities to Gatesville in 1854.
Gatesville grew even as Fort Gates declined.
Indeed, so many people from Fort Gates relocated to Gatesville
that the former town was all but abandoned.
It wasn’t until WWII
that Fort Gates awakened from its economic coma. When Camp Hood (later Fort Hood)
was constructed, several towns were swallowed by the colossal base and turned
into ghost towns, but Fort Gates survived. In the mid 1960s the population was
reported as 250 residents, slowly growing to the 847 people counted for the 2000
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