About Turnersville

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Turnersville, Texas is (approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Waco, Texas) on Farm Road 182 twelve miles northeast of Gatesville in northeastern Coryell County.

The town sits approximately two miles southwest of the intersection of FM217 and FM182 at 31° 30' 00"N, 097° 37' 30"W. Both the Chisholm and Bosque trails wind through the area.

The Lone Tree, one of the oldest landmarks in the county, still stands two miles east of the townsite. In the 1860s it guided travelers, settlers, and cow drivers to a plentiful water supply, a flowing spring on the open prairie of lush rangeland, abundant with buffalo, deer, turkey, horses, and longhorn cattle. The town that eventually developed at this spring, where all travelers camped, was named after Cal Turner, who settled there to shoe horses and repair wagons. Thus, his blacksmith shop was the first business in town. By 1868 the original Presbyterian church also served the community as a school. A post office named Turnersville opened there in 1875.

In 1968 the school was closed and the students were divided between the Gatesville and Jonesboro School disticts. When the Turnersville schools were still open the school colors were purple & gold, and the mascot was a Buffalo. The town of Turnersville brings the spirit of the community back with this iconic symbol, hosting the Turnersville Buffalo Stampede each year in August.

The community has a well maintained cemetery, community center, volunteer fire department, and community park.

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