Bell County, Texas

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Bell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. Bell County was founded in 1850. It is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2000, the county's population was 237,974; in 2008 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 285,084. Its county seat is Belton[1]. The center of population of Texas is located in Bell County, in the town of Holland.[2] Bell is named for Peter Hansborough Bell, the third governor of Texas.


History Timeline

  • 1834-1835 Little River becomes site for settlers from Nashville: families of Captain Goldsby Childers, Robert Davison, John Fulcher, Moses Griffin, John Needham, Michael Reed, William Taylor, and Judge Orville T.Tyler.[3]
  • 1836 The settlements are deserted during the Runaway Scrape,[4] reoccupied, deserted again after the Elmwood Creek Blood Scrape, re-occupied again. Texas Ranger George Erath establishes a fort on Little River.[5]
  • 1843-44 Settlers return.[3]
  • 1845 University of Mary Hardin–Baylor founded by the Republic of Texas as “Baylor Female College”.[6]
  • 1850 Bell County is formed and named for Texas Governor Peter Hansborough Bell. Population 600 whites – 60 black slaves.[3]
  • 1851 County seat is Belton.[7]
  • 1859 Last serious Indian raid of the area.[3]
  • 1860 Re-survey of the line between Bell and Milam County. Bell County assumes its present boundaries.[3]

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