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The home of a respected university, a world-famous barbecue joint, and some of the friendliest people you’re likely to meet, Belton is a one-of-a-kind Texas town. Tucked between Temple to the east and Killeen to the west, the city is blessed with enchanting landscapes, an idyllic creek running through town, and the picturesque Belton and Stillhouse Hollow Lakes. It’s this beautiful setting that has drawn people to the area for many years.

Originally dubbed Nolanville for horse-trader and veteran Philip Nolan, the city was renamed Belton (for Texas governor Peter Bell) in 1851. After the Civil War, the adjacent Chisholm Trail brought many cattle drives through the area, and with them came cowboys with money to spend. The 1880s saw the creation of the city of Belton’s storied courthouse and the arrival of Baylor Female College (now University of Mary Hardin-Baylor). Although Belton lost out to Temple as a railroad junction around this time, cotton kept the city’s economy moving until the creation of nearby Fort Hood brought new life and new customers to the area and its businesses.

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