Belton, Texas Facts:
- County: Bell
- Coverage Area (Total): 13.2 sq. miles
- Elevation: 509 ft.
- Population: 18,216
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Bartlett, Belton, Heidenheimer, Holland, Little River-Academy, Moffat, Moody, Oenaville, Rogers, Salado, Temple, Troy, Zabcikville
Belton was platted in 1850 with the name of Nolandville, but changed to its current name in 1851 after Texas' Governor Peter Hansborough Bell. Throughout the 1880s, Belton saw some of its most significant events with the building of the third and final courthouse, the relocation of the women's division of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (known as Baylor Female College), and the conclusion of a "railroad war" that saw Belton bypassed by the railroad in favor of Temple, Texas being the local junction/depot town.
From the construction of the Bell County Museum/Belton Carnegie Library in 1904 to the more recent building of the Bell County Expo Center complex in 1987, Belton has a rich history that radiates the attitude of the Old West. Over 160 historical markers can be located throughout the town and surrounding area. And, Belton's location places it squarely at the heart of natural wonders (the beautiful Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake) and shopping/entertainment, alike.
Belton maintains a variety of attractions including: