Publications

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.

Work on another family history book is in progress, making the Coryell Museum and Historical Center a regional leader in the publication of local history books.

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

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

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

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

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 ...

The Coryell Museum Courtyard and Butterfly Garden

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Coryell Museum Courtyard and Butterfly Garden is located just outside the School Room Exhibit and what a delight it is! This is Hal Davidson’s gardening project and it is beautiful. If you haven’t...

Pecan Grove and Davidson School

Friday, March 21, 2014
Pecan Grove, Texas is seven miles southeast of Gatesville on Farm Road 107 in eastern Coryell County. In the 1850’s there were quite a few families in the area and they needed a school, so the Davidso...

Billy Byrom - Coryell Museum’s President for a Decade

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Billy Paul Byrom was president of Coryell Museum and Historical Center for a decade, from 2003 to 2013. He decided to step down in 2013. Billy Byrom’s interest in Coryell Museum began when it was loca...

Bigham Hardware and Furniture Store

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Coryell Museum and Historical Center is located in what was once Bigham Hardware and Furniture Company. In our gift shop is a magazine of reprinted advertisements from TheGatesville Messenger in 1909....