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    BELLVILLE, TEXAS

    Austin County Seat, Central Texas South
    Hwy 36 and 159
    19 miles S of Brenham on Hwy 36
    15 miles N of Sealy on Hwy 36
    16 miles SW of Hempstead on Hwy 159
    62 miles W of Houston via I-10
    103 miles E of Austin via Hwy 290

    Population 3794 (2000)

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    Bellville Texas Finn Building
    The Historic Finn Building
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    Austin County Courthouse
    It's a sad story when a town loses its courthouse and it's more tragic when it is such a fine example of judicial architecture.

  • The Most Remembered Courthouse in Texas:
    Austin County's 1888 Courthouse in Bellville

  • The 1960 Austin County Courthouse
  • 1888 Austin County Courthouse, Bellville, Texas
    The beloved 1888 (former) Austin County Courthouse in Bellville
    Courtesy Bellville Historical Society
    Belleville Texas main street
    Main Street in Bellville
    It looks the same today - only different.
    Photo courtesy Bellville Library

    Bellville, Texas Attractions

  • Austin County Jail, Museum & Library
    Bellville has a great jail, which now serves as the Austin County Museum, and many other buildings. Maybe they aren't as grand as the jail, but they are charming and in some cases unique (The old Dr. Pepper bottling plant with its rock façade comes to mind). more
  • Town Square
    On and just off the square are antiques and crafts shops and eateries within easy stroll.
  • Guide to Historic Buildings
    The Bellville Historical Society
    has prepared a guide to Bellville's turn-of-the-century homes and downtown buildings. It's available at the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Bellville band, vintage photo


    The Bellville Band
    Photo courtesy Bellville Library
    Nearby Destinations
  • The Road to Independence: Washington County.
  • Especially for Houstonians who visit San Felipe first, Bellville is a convenient stop between Sealy and Brenham.
  • Don't miss Chappell Hill, Round Top, Warrenton, Fayetteville
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    Austin County Seat - Bellville
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  • Bellville Chronicles

    Hanging in Bellville, Texas, vintage photo
    The Double Hanging at Bellville in 1896
    The Double Hanging at Bellville in 1896

    All things considered, it was a pretty civilized affair.

    There were two murders in Austin County in 1895. While they occured in distant corners of the county, they were separated by a span of only 38 days. Both perpetrators were apprehended and taken to the County Jail in Bellville. This sort of situation must have been on the minds of our wise and august lawyers in Austin when they passed legislation demanding Courthouses be placed near the center of the county. It certainly made things convenient for the populace to attend hangings. more
    Bellville Tourist Information
    Bellville Chamber of Commerce - 979-865-3407
    13 East Main, PO Box 670 Bellville Texas 77418-0670
    http://www.bellville.com/
    Bellville water tower



     

     

     

    "The Bellville tin man tank and its giant red arrow wind vane. Unfortunately that tower no longer exists today."
    Oct 20, 2000 Photo courtesy David Stall

    Bellville Texas Forum
  • Subject: Really enjoy this site!
    Hi, as a resident of Bellville, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the site designed by Kate Wong Troesser. The pictures used are fine and the site is so easy to navigate - always a good thing! And the information given is informative, interesting and such fun to share. I have sent this address to a friend in Norway so he can finally get a little gist of the town of Bellville. Thank you for making this available. - Sincerely Susan W., May 19, 2002
  • Subject : cool site
    I enjoyed the hell out of your whole site. I'm trying to think of the best way to say "Go look at this cool site" to my readers at Houston.About.Com. I found you via a Google search for some small town thing - can't recall now. The Double Hanging in Bellville tempted me to go off on a highly enjoyable tangent.- Aussie M

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  • Austin County Texas 1907 Postal Map
    Austin County Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Bellville
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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