Harker Heights Lore
Originally planned as a home site for military personnel serving at Fort Hood (then Camp Hood), Harker Heights is a community of beautiful homes and active families.
The local lore of ancient settlers in the area is reflected in the Native American names given to the streets and prominent features of the city. As the western United States expanded, both Native Americans and early European settlers roamed the area. Many legends arise from the arrowheads and ancient trees located in the city.
Named for one of the founders of the city, the name Harker Heights invokes the hillsides now dotted with executive-style homes. P.R. Cox (co-founder of the city) formed the name Harker Heights from the first and last names of fellow city co-founder, Harley Kern (Kern died before the city was incorporated).
Small lots were carved out of the formerly agricultural landscape for use as homesteads for families assigned to the Army Post. The first homes were manufactured homes brought by the soldiers.
Water needs and police protection were two of the reasons the area was incorporated as a general law city. With the water services secured, the city developed into a suburban city which recognized that the needs of families were paramount.
As the interest in larger home sites and elegant homes developed, the city’s developers offered larger lots and homes. Today, the hillsides offer fine living, and the development of the city from a general law city to its present home rule status is due to the involvement of citizens.