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Belton Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 21 photos


Belton is situated along the banks of the Leon River, in the rapidly growing central region of Texas.
It is on Interstate 35 near the geographic center of the state, approximately 135 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth and 60 miles north of Austin. Also in the close proximity of Killeen, Fort Hood, and Temple.
Local topography varies from rolling plains to wooded hills with two large lakes just ten minutes from downtown.


In 1850, the new pioneer town of Belton, (first named Nolandville which was later changed to Belton. (1851)
The town was laid out in blocks, streets, and lots with the courthouse public square in the center.
It was designated County seat for the newly organized Bell County. Incorporated in 1852, it was the only town in the County and was the last place of civilization seen by the pioneers heading West...

In 1858, the County commissioners built a new courthouse, spending $14,000 for a two-story limestone building replacing the first courthouse which had become completely inadequate.
Bell county residents opposed the new edifice, and they voted out of office every commissioner, replacing them with more conservative men. It was 26 years before a third courthouse, the one presently in use, was approved and built.

Belton and Bell County were named after Peter Bell. Bell was a Colonel in the Civil War, but he was a Mexican War Veteran, and before that, a San Jacinto Veteran. In his spare time he was also a Texas Ranger, a Congressional Representative and a Governor.

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  • In a nutshell:Great place to come and relax, especially by the beautiful Lakes, Belton and Stillhouse.
  • Last visit to Belton: Dec 1999
  • Intro Updated Sep 12, 2006
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2005 at 2:09 PM

    I love the little towns. Have been through Belton but didn't know about the lake and caves. Next time I will. Stephen.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2003 at 9:35 AM

    I see, I must visit Caves at Lake Belton to see their pretty visitors! I loved small, lazy(?) American towns and I'd like to get lost somewhere in Texas now, hopefully warmer there :-)

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2003 at 2:42 AM

    Ha,ha,ha.... Hey.. I think this is worth a medal, huh??? Take a good look, you won't see this too often. LOL... A place keewee hasn't been to... LOL.....

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2003 at 7:31 PM

    Wow! A rural town in Texas with caves that keeweechic has not been to yet! Congratulations!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2003 at 9:27 AM

    More Sweet Pages from Sweetberry1!:-)

  • Jun 6, 2003 at 12:32 AM

    The cave looks interesting again, Susie..More please!;-)

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2003 at 9:09 PM

    Hey you were hiding this one from me :-) A survivor of small towns. That cave area sounds pretty. Haven't been here.

  • Daja123's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2003 at 8:04 AM

    What a great page! Nice work Susie.

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2003 at 1:09 AM

    Very nice page again!


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