The museum embarked on an ambitious publishing program by reprinting Mildred Watkins Mears book "Coryell County Scrapbook with added extensive index, Vol. 2 of "Coryell Families, 1854-1985" and "Down Memory Lane", a compilation of newspaper columns written by Uncle Bob Saunders between 1946 and 1951 for the Gatesville Messenger.


Although we are not a research museum. Our Research Room provides a wealth of information on Coryell County history and many families who have been a part of its history.


The following newspaper articles were originally published by the Gatesville Messenger ( (reprinting or republication requires permission from the Gatesville Messenger (


The Community of Pearl, Texas (/publications/the-community-of-pearl-texas)

Monday, June 23, 2014

The community of Pearl is located in northwest Coryell County, 22 miles west of Gatesville. It was originally known by the unlikely name of Wayback. A petition had been sent in for the name of Swayba...

Community Life in King, Texas (/publications/community-life-in-king-texas)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

King is on the intersection of Farm Road 1783 and Cowhouse Creek twelve miles southwest of Gatesville in west central Coryell County. It was once known as Stringtown because settlers built their homes...

Community Life in Arnett, Texas (/publications/community-life-in-arnett-texas)

Thursday, May 15,2014

Drive nine miles west of Gatesville on Highway 84 and you will find the small community of Arnett. The site was settled in the 1880s which was about 30 years after Ft. Gates was established. The name...

Freedom is not Free: A History of Memorial Day (/publications/freedom-is-not-free- a-history-of-memorial-day)

Monday, May 12, 2014

According to the United States Office of Veteran’s Affairs Memorial Day has a long and rich history. The first large observance was held May of 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac ...

718 Main Street

PO Box 24
Gatesville, TX  76528
Phone: (254) 865-5007

HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday

10:00am - 4:00 pm

Admission is free. Donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.


Please take a few minutes to visit our Gift Shop as well.  


Our museum is run entirely by volunteers, so please know that your help and ideas are welcome and encouraged.  Get Involved for volunteer opportunities.

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