Area Information



The seat of fledgling Bell County, Belton was incorporated in 1852. The town experienced rapid economic growth during the 1870s, largely spurred by the formation of the Belton Telegraph Company. Part of Western Union, the telegraph provided daily quotes for the area cotton market. After a contentious legal battle over building a railroad through town, the Katy’s Depot was finally built in 1882.

Like most places, Belton fell upon hard times during the Great Depression. However, the arrival of Fort Hood, a 340-square-mile army installation just north of Belton, breathed new life into area industry.


Like the rest of central Texas, Belton is characterized by a warm, relatively dry climate. We enjoy roughly 230 days of sunshine each year. Average high temperatures in July climb to 95 degrees, with January lows falling to 34. Annual rainfall is approximately 34 inches, and snow is virtually unheard of.


Local students are served by the Belton Independent School District. Belton is also home to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, the state’s oldest continuously operating college. Regional health care is provided by Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital, part of a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center serving central Texas.



Two major lakes can be found in Belton, serving as the hubs of local leisure. Just west of town on the Leon River, Belton Lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating and water sports. The waters are teeming with sunfish, flathead and channel catfish, largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass. The public lands near the lake offer excellent camping and hunting. Just below Belton Lake Dam is Miller Springs Park, known for its jogging and biking paths, geocaching and nature viewing opportunities. You’ll see unusual insects, colorful wildflowers, mushrooms, trees, shrubs and critters. Nearby Stillhouse Hollow Lake is another inviting recreation spot, with terrific fishing, boating and lakeside parks.

Golf enthusiasts will find a number of challenging courses in and around Belton. Wildflower Country Club and Sammons Golf Course are a few of the area favorites. Visit Bell County Museum for a vivid and comprehensive account of historic and prehistoric times in our region. It works to preserve our heritage through fascinating collections, interpretive programs and traveling exhibits.

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