Temple, Texas (Images of America Series)

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The Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad founded the town of Temple in 1881. Named in honor of the railroad's chief engineer, B. M. Temple, the town lies in the finest agriculture belt in Texas. Prior to the arrival of the railroad, farmers of Bell County transported cotton, grain, and produce to the nearest railroad terminus at Waco, Cameron, Calvert, or Rockdale on a difficult three-day trip. Moving these goods became much easier with the arrival of the railroad, and Temple became an important center for ...

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The Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad founded the town of Temple in 1881. Named in honor of the railroad's chief engineer, B. M. Temple, the town lies in the finest agriculture belt in Texas. Prior to the arrival of the railroad, farmers of Bell County transported cotton, grain, and produce to the nearest railroad terminus at Waco, Cameron, Calvert, or Rockdale on a difficult three-day trip. Moving these goods became much easier with the arrival of the railroad, and Temple became an important center for trade. By 1912, Temple was the most important revenue-producing station on the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad south of Kansas City. Early on, the railroad established a hospital for employees, and by 1900, there were three hospitals: St. Mary's Sanitarium, Santa Fe, and King's Daughters. Temple's importance as a trade center contributed to an early and sustained population growth. The city of Temple promotes the community's history with the annual Pioneer Day celebration.

Authors Michael and Nancy Kelsey selected photographs that illustrate the transformation of Temple from “Prairie Queen” to the progressive city it is today. Photographs were gathered from the archives of Temple Public Library, Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, and private collections.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738580234
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/5/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Authors Michael and Nancy Kelsey selected photographs that illustrate the transformation of Temple from "Prairie Queen" to the progressive city it is today. Photographs were gathered from the archives of Temple Public Library, Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, and private collections.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Railroads and Hospitals 9

2 Downtown Scenes and Businesses 27

3 Structures 63

4 Schools 99

5 City and Community 107

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