Killeen’s downtown historic district was added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to a news release from the Texas Historical Commission on Thursday.

Killeen’s downtown district is mostly commercial, with buildings built between 1895 and 1960, according to the release. The city was virtually uninhabited until the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad laid its tracks through Central Texas in 1882.

Soon after, Killeen became the center of regional agriculture, shipping cotton and livestock to market from its railroad cars.

The city’s development halted during the Great Depression in the 1930s, but it bounced back when Camp Hood was created as a major training ground for the Army during World War II, the news release stated.

The installation was recommissioned in 1950 as Fort Hood.

“Listing in the National Register of Historic Places is both an honor and a substantial contribution to the local economy through the state’s heritage tourism efforts,” said Mark Wolfe, the commission’s director.

“The work done by property owners, local preservation organizations, THC staff and the THC’s professional review board results in an achievement that the community can be proud of as they join our agency in saving the real places that tell the real stories of Texas history.”

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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