Tama was fifteen miles south of Gatesville in south central Coryell County. It was bounded on the south by Cowhouse Creek, on the west by Browns Creek, and on the northeast by Henson Mountain and was named for Tama Alexander, daughter of Anzie P. Alexander, the first postmaster. The post office was opened in 1900; later postmasters were Thomas L. Beall, W. R. Carroll, and John Brashear. Mail service was discontinued in 1918 and rerouted through Gatesville. Tama had a gin, a general store, and a church. Maples School served the community. A volcanic pipe ran through one of the hills in nearby Egypt Hollow. In 1940 Tama's population was twenty-five. Fort Hood took in the townsite in 1942.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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