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SUGAR LOAF, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coryell County, North Central Texas
12 Miles NE of Copperas Cove
Absorbed by Fort Hood
Population 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named after the nearby mountain of the same name, Sugar Loaf, Texas was settled in the early 1850s. A post office was granted in 1874 but the community's hopes of permanence were dashed in 1882 when it was bypassed by the railroad (the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe). The 1890 census reported a mere 30 residents there, supported by a single store, gin and gristmill. Finally, in 1899 there weren't enough people to justify the post office and mail was rerouted through Brookhaven (Bell County).

With the establishment of Camp (now Fort) Hood during WWII, the remaining residents were forced to move and the former village is now a part of the giant base.

See Killeen, Texas - Home of Fort Hood Army Base

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Subject: Sugar Loaf

I was stationed at Fort Hood from April 1954 to September 9, 1955. I was from Holland, MI, so I made my home away from home in Killeen. I was the first Explorer Advisor (Boy Scouts) at the First Baptist Church in 1954.

I talked with an old-timer near the USO which had a nice bench out front. He told me the history of Killeen without any dates. A community was formed on the east side of Sugar Loaf Mountain as soon as the Comanches would allow. Just how big it got, he didn't say, but it was big enough for a graveyard.

When the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built through the area of the current city, he stated that the crew chief painted his name on the storage building. As the railroad was near the South Nolan Creek, the citizens of Sugar Loaf moved to that location and the railroad named the town as being the name on the shed. The grave yard was moved when Fort Hood was expanded as the that location was within the firing range.

How much of his story was true, I don't know, but he honestly passed on the history to me in hopes it would be passed on. - Clifford J. Vander Yacht, PFC, US55440178, Hq & Hq Btry, Div Arty, First Armored Division, January 16, 2011
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