Fate is a fast-growing city located in the center of Rockwall County,
Texas. The 2010 National Census data identified the City of Fate
as the fastest growing city in the State of Texas for the past decade, and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Up from
497 in 2000, the City's population is estimated to be 8,800 as of August, 2012. This population boom is expected to continue, topping the 10,000 population mark sometime in 2013.
The City of Fate is known for its family- friendly community, active neighborhoods, and high quality of life. The city organization operates under a Council-Manager form of government through a Home Rule Charter. The six City Council members and Mayor are elected at-large.
We invite you to explore our hometown and join us as we embark on a new phase of growth and prosperity that makes our city truly special.
"Old Fate" was located on FM552 Rd. near Mt Zion Cemetery. It was moved to the newly constructed railroad, at its present location. A small town known as Barnes existed there, named for the developer, W.T. Barnes.
Twenty-two real estate owners met on February 11, 1887, and drew up a document changing
the name of the town from Barnes to Fate, possibly after G.W. Lafayette Peyton,
whose nickname was "Fate", or after Lafayette Brown.
Records from the archives in Washington D.C. indicate that Harvey Peyton White sent the proposal for a post office and the permit was granted on June 16,1880. Harvey Peyton White became the first Post Master.
The first rural mail route in Texas was operated from Fate, August 1, 1899. E.R. Ellis was the
first carrier on this route.
Fate became incorporated Sepptember 27, 1900, and was known as the smallest
incorporated town in the smallest county in the largest state in the United States.
The First State Bank of Fate was organized in 1920. During the Depression, the state closed
all banks in Texas. This was known as the Bank Holidy of 1933. The Fate bank was
the first bank in Rockwall County allowed to reopen after this mandatory closing.
In 1950, six men held a meeting for the purpose of establishing fresh drinking water from the new Lake Lavon. These men are honored in the naming of our new streets built in the City of Fate. The City of Fate will continue to recognize the residents and business owners of our town's past to connect with the vibrant and blossoming community today.