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Founded in 1850, Belton is the Bell County seat and has historically served as both the local government center of the county and as a marketplace and shipping point for area farmers and ranchers. Between 1860 and 1880, Belton was a regional center for the cattle boom and even became an important stopping point for cattle herds along the famed Chisholm Trail. Between 1880 and 1930, Belton was a processing center for the regional cotton crop which became the county’s principal cash crop during this period, particularly in the blackland prairie region in east Bell County. Belton’s long and distinctive past is evidenced by the city’s many historic homes and commercial buildings. Charming storefronts characterize the historic commercial district, the center of which is the impressive Bell County Courthouse, built in 1885.
Today, Belton is home to an estimated 19,000 people. New residents continue to be drawn to Belton by outstanding schools, great parks and by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, also located in Belton. Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, the historic college campus provides both students and area residents with educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Providing a natural backdrop to historic Belton are over 160 acres of parkland located throughout the city.
Situated along Belton Lake, Belton is a city abounding with parks and recreational opportunities. The beautiful Nolan Creek meanders through central Belton where residents and visitors can enjoy a walk along the Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail. This unique 1.5 mile trail provides a scenic tour through three city parks. The trail offers residents and visitors beautiful views of the Nolan Creek, as well as numerous opportunities to take a break while reading about the historic Chisholm Trail in one of ten pocket parks located along the trail.
The Village of Salado was founded at the Old Military Road crossing of Salado Creek on October 8, 1859 coincident with the founding of Salado College. Many of the leaders of Bell County had felt the need for the establishment of a fine school and very quickly Salado became a viable settlement
It developed both as an industrial and agricultural center with a gristmill within the town limits and 7 other mills within 9 miles on Salado Creek. The first Grange in Texas was organized here in 1873, and Salado ranked second in size and importance in the County until the early 1880s. Salado College attracted residents of education and refinement and gave prestige to the village. It operated until 1885 with only the tuition of the students for support. From 1890 to 1913, a fine private school, Thomas Arnold High School, occupied the old stone college building.
In 1884, Salado boasted of 7 churches, 14 stores, 2 hotels, 2 blacksmiths, and 3 cotton gins. After the railroads were built to the north and east of Salado, the newly created towns drew most of the trade from here and Salado steadily declined. Population dwindled from 900 in 1882 to 400 by 1914 and only slightly over 200 in 1950. Since that time, Salado has grown slowly and is recognized as a very pleasant place to live and work. Eighteen of the old buildings here are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Salado has 23 Texas Historical Markers. The churches and organizations are carrying on the proud tradition of the Salado Masonic Lodge, which provided 2 Grand Masters for the Texas Lodge in the late 1800s. Salado is honored to have had a Rhodes Scholar among the graduates of Thomas Arnold School.
The Chisholm Trail came right up Main Street, and the stage lines that served Central Texas included Salado among their stops. A wire cable suspension bridge, the first bridge built in the county, was built here in 1869 and stood until the great flood of 1900. Salado Creek has always been a mighty force in the history of this area and it was designated the first recorded Natural Landmark in Texas in 1966.
The revitalization of Salado began in the 1940s as the fame of the dining room of Stagecoach Inn spread. It continued with the founding of the Central Texas Area Museum in 1959 and the construction of the first new residential area, Mill Creek, in 1960. The many shops catering to visitors have led to the popularity of Salado. Today Salado has approximately 130 businesses of many kinds, adding to the charm of this small village.
Temple, situation in Bell County is home to over 66,000 residents. Temple has grown over 10% in the past decade, according to the United States Census.
Temple lies in the region referred to as Central Texas and is a principal city in the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located off Interstate 35, Temple is 65 miles north of Austin and 34 miles south of Waco.
From its pioneer and railroad heritage to its modern designation as one of the nation’s outstanding medical communities, Temple has been a city determined to fashion its own future. The results of that determination are evident in its planned industrial and economic growth, the cooperative spirit of its public and private sectors, the commitment to its colleges and schools, the revitalization of its “Uptown” business district, and its commitment to the highest possible quality of life for all of its citizens.
Temple is a family town. It is a hub for manufacturing and distribution. It is a destination for recreation and relaxation. It is a center for medical care, research, and education. It will surprise and delight you with its cultural attractions. It will offer you an exceptional environment in which to do business. It will welcome you enthusiastically and make you quickly feel at home.
In the 21st century, Jarrell has embarked on a period of expansion and transition… expansion in both population and commercial interests and transition from a traditional agricultural base to a more diverse economy.
While cotton, corn and cattle served the settlers of Northern Williamson County well in 1800s and 1900s, new commercial enterprises such as light manufacturing, limestone quarrying and many others, to include transportation, will dominate the next years.
Adjacent to the new State Highway 130 and Parmer Lane Extension projects, Jarrell is well placed for easy transshipment of products to southern ports and northern markets.
An excellent school district offers diversity in education to meet family, career and workforce needs……gifted and talented programs, athletics, choir, debate teams. Our campus currently enrolls 750 students.
Jarrell incorporated in 2001 and counts around 1,900 residents inside the city boundaries… affordable land prices and proximity to Austin’s high-tech center give Jarrell a prime position in a growing market… Jarrell’s city government is dedicated to the role of managing the future… providing for new business… maintaining family values… all in an atmosphere of community spirit.
Known supplier of custom kitchen cabinets, a large community center with sports fields, a roof-truss manufacturer, a heavy equipment rental company and a light manufacturing facility already make Jarrell home… in an area of Central Texas that includes nearby shopping, entertainment, community theatre, sporting opportunities and industry… Social and volunteer opportunities contribute to a lively activity schedule… the city sponsors Easter activities for children and an annual Family Fiesta of Fun… Jarrell’s volunteer fire department hosts an annual barbecue and street dance in July… an evening lighted Christmas parade winds up with Santa and cookies… volunteers make a senior citizen meal service and youth league baseball possible… Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4-H clubs are well represented.
Subdivisions as well as individual lots of varying size are available for residential building, with several local companies constructing quality homes… highway frontage land is zoned for commercial use… water entities are already planning for increasing impact.
Established in 1848, Georgetown, Texas has over 180 homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown’s population is just over 50,000 people. It is the perfect balance of “small town charm” with all the conveniences of larger cities. The city has grown 67% since the last Census. In fact, Georgetown was recently named the “7th Fastest Growing City in the U.S.” (based on percentage). Those moving from larger cities will be pleasantly surprised by the range in shopping, healthcare, and entertainment found in the area.
“Georgetown is considered one of the prettiest cities in Williamson County, especially during the spring and summer months when poppies and wild flowers are in full bloom. … residents who settle into one of the city’s restored Victorian homes or new Tuscan villas can enjoy a walk along the bank of the San Gabriel River or play a round of golf on one of the five local courses. Mountain biking trails around Lake Georgetown lead riders to the edge of Texas Hill Country,” says Fortune Magazine in its description of Georgetown as the #2 Place to Live & Launch a Small Business (2008.)
Round Rock, Texas, with a population of around 100,000, is located 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country. Round Rock is the 31st largest City in Texas, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.
Major employers include Dell, TECO-Westinghouse, Dresser and Hospira. Its combined property tax and utility rates are among the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system, school district and is the one of the safest cities with a population of at least 100,000 population in the United States.
Round Rock is the one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and one of the best-managed cities in Texas. The city has maintained high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic growth in Central Texas, with industry clusters in Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Computer/Software Development.
Planning: As the winner of the prestigious Comprehensive Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and a 3CMA Savvy Award for Community Visioning, the City prides itself on its long-term planning.
Crime: Round Rock has been ranked the one of the safest cities with a population of 100,000 or more in the United States. In a 2010 survey of city residents, 81 percent of respondents said they felt safe walking alone in their neighborhood at night (13 points higher than national rating), 88 percent said they felt safe in Downtown (20 points higher than the national rating) and 83 percent felt safe in City Parks (19 points higher than national rating).
Cost of living: The City of Round Rock’s property tax rate is one of the lowest in the region. Also, residents pay one of the lowest combined average monthly utility and tax costs in Central Texas, while achieving an 80 percent satisfaction rating from its utility customers. Round Rock has the lowest ACCRA composite cost of living index rating among the three largest cities in the metro area.
Public Utilities: Round Rock’s water and wastewater rates are among the lowest in Central Texas, and the utility is also among the most reliable. Round Rock is partnering with Cedar Park and Leander on a regional water project that is expected to provide our ultimate water needs to serve a projected future population of 250,000-300,000.
Traffic: Starting in 2011, the City of Round Rock began implementing a $58 million, 5-year plan to address the community’s most pressing transportation needs. The Round Rock City Council approved a Transportation Master Plan in January 1999 that is updated regularly. The City’s Transportation Capital Improvement Plan contains $415 million worth of projects. The City’s half-cent sales tax levy for transportation will pay for $125 million of that total.
The Dell Diamond is the No. 1 ballpark in the country out of more than 200 parks according to the Fifth Annual Minor League News rankings. It was named top Double A stadium by Baseball America in 2004. Construction of the $25 million facility was financed by $8.4 million in revenue bonds backed by the City of Round Rock’s hotel-motel tax revenues and cash from RSR Sports, owner of the Express.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (airport code DFW) is 4th busiest airport in the US and 8th busiest in the world. The airport has five terminals, A, B, C, D (serving international passengers), and E, which is currently undergoing construction to add 54,000 more square feet of interior space by 2017. Terminals A and C serve American Airlines passengers exclusively. Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has two hotels attached to the airport, the Grand Hyatt DFW inside Terminal D and the Hyatt Regency DFW adjacent to Terminal C. The airport is 18 miles from downtown Dallas and 24 miles from downtown Fort Worth with a variety of transportation options from buses (through Dallas Area Rapid Transit – DART), rail lines (through Trinity Railway Express – TRE), taxis and rental cars. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is the 4th largest metropolitan region in the US featuring world-class attractions from amusements parks to art museums.