Gatesville, Texas

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Gatesville is a city in and the county seat of Coryell County in Central Texas, United States of America. The population was 15,591 at the 2000 census.[3] The city has five of the eight prisons and state jails for women operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and one of the facilities, the Mountain View Unit, has the state's death row for women.

Gatesville is home to the Mitchell Collection that is said to be the largest spur collection in the world and earned Gatesville the title "Spur Capital of Texas", as well as one of the last fully operational, full-time drive-in theaters in Texas.

In 2000, The Gatesville Hornets won the Texas State 3A High School Football Championship.

Former President George W. Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch is less than 25 miles northeast of Gatesville in nearby McLennan County.

The Leon River runs past Gatesville and crosses under Main Street (U.S. 84) on the west end of town.

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Economy

Two manufacturing companies are located in Gatesville: Kalyn Siebert (a division of Heil Trailer, which is owned by Dover Corporation) manufactures trailers for commercial and military use, and Laerdal manufactures plastic medical teaching supplies.

Gatesville is the home of several prisons operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, including the Mountain View Unit which houses the women's death row. Gatesville is located on the northern edge of Fort Hood, and as such is also dependent on the military for a part of its economy (besides Fort Hood, a large military vehicle repair facility is located on the east side of town).

Geography

Gatesville is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gatesville is located at 31°26′12″N 97°44′7″W / 31.43667°N 97.73528°W / 31.43667; -97.73528 (31.436755, -97.735257).[4]

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