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BELL COUNTY, TEXAS

31° 2' 24" N, 97° 28' 48" W (31.04, -97.48)

Bell County Topics

  • History
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  • Bell County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    McLennan County (N) Falls County (NE) Milam County (SE) Williamson County (S) Burnet County (SW) Lampasas County (W) Coryell County (NW)

    Bell County History

    1936 Centennial - Highway Marker:

    BELL COUNTY
    Settlement began on Lampasas River, 1847.
    Created Jan. 22, organized Aug. 1, 1850.
    Named for Peter Hansbrough Bell (1812-1898), native of Virginia; veteran of Battle of San Jacinto; served in Somervell expedition to stop Mexico's Raids into Texas; officer in Mexican War; Governor of Texas 1849-1853; U.S. Congressman, 1853-1857.
    First county seat Nolanville. Moved Dec. 16, 1851, to Belton.
    By 1860 population was 4,799. Sent 12 troop companies into Civil War. Furnished goods from flour mills, hat factory, tanyard, leather works, blacksmith shops, cabinet shop, beef slaughter pens.


    Bell County Courthouse
    Texas - Bell County Courthouse
    Bell County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson

    Bell County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat -
    Belton
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  • Allen Submerged ghost town
  • Alligator ghost town
  • Bartlett
  • Belton County Seat
  • Bland Submerged ghost town
  • Brookhaven Submerged ghost town
  • Crossville ghost town
  • Cyclone
  • Ding Dong
  • Dog Ridge
  • Donahoe ghost town
  • Echo
  • Erudia
  • Heidenheimer
  • Holland
  • Joe Lee
  • Killeen
  • Little River Academy
  • Maxdale ghost town
  • Moffat
  • Nolanville
  • Okay ghost town
  • Prairie Dell
  • Rogers
  • Salado
  • Sefcikville ghost town
  • Sparta Submerged ghost town
  • Stringtown ghost town
  • Stampede
  • Summer’s Mills ghost town
  • Temple
  • Troy
  • Vilas
  • Zabcikville

  • Bell County Vintage Maps
    Bell county TX 1907 postal map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Bell County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bell County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Bell County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bell County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Bell County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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