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TURNOVER, TEXAS. Turnover, four miles south of Gatesville in central Coryell County, supposedly took its name from the nearby creek, where a wagon once turned over and spilled its cargo while trying to cross. One of the first families in the area was the Brown family, who moved there from Tennessee in 1854. The community developed around a Methodist church, but because many residents were renters, the population was very unstable. It was difficult for them to support a preacher, and the church was disbanded before 1915. Turnover residents were forced to leave when the Fort Hood military reservation was established in the early 1940s.


Coryell County Genealogical Society, Coryell County, Texas, Families, 1854–1985 (Dallas: Taylor, 1986).

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "TURNOVER, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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