Details for Fort Gates, Site of (Atlas Number 5099001983)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5099001983


Marker Number 1983
Atlas Number 5099001983
Marker Title Fort Gates, Site of
Index Entry Fort Gates
City Gatesville
County Coryell
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes forts
Marker Year 1936
Marker Location From Gatesville, take US 84 U.S. mi SE (Marker is off roadside)
Marker Size 1936 Centennial Marker (gray granite)
Marker Text First settlement in Coryell County. Established by Brevet Colonel W. R. Montgomery, 8th U.S.Infantry October 26, 1849, on the military post road between Austin and Fort Graham as a protection of the frontier against hostile Indians. Named in honor of Collinson R. Gates, gallant officer in the Mexican War. Abandoned in March 1852, as the frontier line had advanced further westward. Used as a place of defense by settlers during Indian raids. First county seat of Coryell County, February 4 - May 27, 1854 when Gatesville was established.