Harker Heights, Texas

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Harker Heights is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. The population was 17,308 at the 2000 census. This makes Harker Heights the 3rd largest town in Bell County, after Killeen and Temple. Incorporated in 1960, the town name is derived from the name of one of the two original landowners and city founder, Harley Kern.

Harker Heights is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Harker Heights is located near Fort Hood, a United States Army base that was designated a permanent military facility in 1950. As the base grew, the nearby town of Killeen also grew. Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 was established on land near the Killeen city limits and the military base in 1955, and included the land owned by Pinckney R. Cox and Harley Kern. These two men subdivided their land in 1957 and began selling lots. By 1960, between 600 and 700 of the lots had been developed and new residents supplied with water and other utility services. Following a petition for an incorporation election, the town was established on September 24, 1960 and Cox was elected mayor. Kern had died before the incorporation, and the Harker in Harker Heights was a concatenation of Harley Kern's name as a tribute to one of the original landowners.

The only major expansion of the town occurred in December, 1988, when the city annexed the Comanche Hills Utility District, adding 3,500 people to the town population. Currently Harker Heights, which is a suburb of Killeen is starting to become more independent. On February 1, 2007, ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new 675,000-square-foot (62,700 m2) shopping center. It is the first up-scale shopping center in the area and includes a 16 screen movie theater.

The city is currently considering annexing 960 acres (3.9 km2) of land in the city’s eastern extraterritorial jurisdiction area.[3] This land lies adjacent to the current city limits.

Geography

Harker Heights is located at 31°4′6″N 97°39′20″W / 31.06833°N 97.65556°W / 31.06833; -97.65556 (31.068459, -97.655524)[4].

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