The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 14
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14 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Fort Hood have been torn down, and the area has been con-
verted to a National Guard Training Center, but it is kept ready
to serve the nation again if an emergency arises.9
A by-product of the military activities has been the Central Texas Cattlemen's
Association. In the mad rush to build the camp, much injustice was done to the
farmers and stockmen in the area. Stock had to be moved so fast that the owners
could not find land on which to move it. Many cattle had to be put on the market.
Buyers, taking advantage of the situation, bought at their own prices. Most of
the land appraisers came from the North and knew nothing about the value of
Texas land, and much was undervalued. There was so much red tape that by the
time the former owners got their money, land had almost doubled in value.
Realizing the injustice done, the Federal Government sought to compensate the
former owners by sponsoring the Central Texas Cattlemen's Association, which was
organized with headquarters at Gatesville. Stock was issued to the former land
owners in accordance with the number of acres that they had sold for the military
reservation. By the payment of a small rental fee, the stockholders are allowed to
graze a certain number of animals for each share owned. The Fort Hood Reserva-
tion has been fenced and has some of the finest grazing land in Central Texas.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964, periodical, 1964; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/m1/32/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.