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Bell County's Sunshine Road
Bell County

Just north of Holland and
Just South of Little River-Academy

Sunshine Road photos courtesy Genevieve E. Shockley

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"Sunshine Road seems to be the first paved road to the east of Hwy 95 after passing the Holland Cemetery. I did not clock the milage, but would imagine it is at least 5 although not likely as much as 10 miles from Hwy 95." - Genevieve E. Shockley
Holland Museum in the old Mayfield Home., Holland, Texas
The Holland Museum,
Holland, Texas

Photo courtesy Genevieve Shockley, April 2006
   
A pleasant Sunday drive for Austinites, Wacoans or Templeans, Sunshine Road connects the two East Bell County towns of Holland and Rogers. This unpaved road crosses both Georgia and Knob Creeks as well as the Little River.
Sunshine Cemetery Bell County Texas
A view of the Sunshine Cemetery. Located across the road from the Sunshine Cemetery is the Reed Family Cemetery.
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
The trip passes at least four cemeteries (two shown here: Sunshine Cemetery and Reed Family Cemetery) and will pass through the ghost town of Joe Lee before connecting with the paved surface of FM 2184 (at Joe Lee) to finish the trip at Rogers.
Bell County Texas iron bridge over George Branch on Sunshine Road
Iron Bridge Over the Little River on Sunshine Road >
(East of Hwy 95 north of Holland, Texas.)
Photo courtesy Genevieve B. Shockley, 2006
Roger Texas downtown
Downtown Rogers
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006
It's tranquil, safe and short enough to leave time for a good lunch in Temple, Georgetown or Waco. You can even take a second drive and continue to explore the rest of Bell County.

Our thanks to Genevieve E. Shockley of Round Rock for submitting this trip and although Ms. Shockley's trip was taken in the Spring - Fall is an excellent time to explore this forgotten road. - Editor

Texas Trips Forum

Subject: Bell County Sunshine Road correction
Dear TE: I was reading the "Bell County Sunshine Road " entry on your website and need to point out a mistake.

The steel truss bridge shown is over the Little River, not "George Branch." The bridge was open until a flood washed out the approaches in 1992, and it remained closed until a new bridge was built a couple of years ago. This bridge is severed from both banks, so there is no way to access it. I thought I would bring this to your attention.
- Sincerely, Austin Hellwig, October 22, 2006

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