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After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in the late summer of 1990, the city prepared for war, sending thousands of troops from the 2nd Armored Division and the 1st Cavalry Division to the Middle East.
On October 16, 1991, George Hennard murdered 23 people and then committed suicide at the Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen (see Luby's shooting).
Joseph's parish in 1954, and around the same time, new Presbyterian and Episcopal churches were built.
By the 1980s, the city had a heterogeneous population including whites, blacks, Mexican Americans, Koreans, and a number of other foreign nationals.
) a few miles southwest of a small farming community known as Palo Alto, which had existed since about 1872.
The railroad platted a 70-block town on its land and named it after Frank P.
By 1990, its population had increased to 63,535, and 265,301 people lived in the Killeen/Temple metropolitan area.
The loss of more than 300 farms and ranches led to the demise of Killeen's cotton gins and other farm-related businesses.Its economy depends on the activities of the post, and the soldiers and their families stationed there.It is known as a military "boom town" because of its rapid growth and high influx of soldiers.Many of the residents of the surrounding smaller communities in the area moved to Killeen.By 1884, the town had grown to include about 350 people, served by five general stores, two gristmills, two cotton gins, two saloons, a lumberyard, a blacksmith shop, and a hotel.