The city was established in 1880, first years of growth as a railroad
town on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, and Missouri,
Kansas and Texas lines. Today, retail trade and agricultural center,
one of the Southwest's leading medical centers, and growing industrial
Medical facilities include Scot and White Santa Fe Center, King's
Daughters Hospital, Scott and White Hospital and Clinic, Olin
E. Teague Veterans' Center and Texas A&M University School
Location of Temple Junior College. diversified industrial products,
railroad shops, computer equipment, furniture, plastics, and oil
field machinery; championship municipal golf course.
Temple lies on U.S. 190, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway
connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
The Texas Early Day Tractor and Engine Association's permanent
home is here; pioneer city currently being developed on land at
Nugent Avenue and Eberhardt west of the city. Show is usually
scheduled in October featuring historic tractors and allied activities
In 1989 the city was designated "The Wildflower Capital of
Texas." Tours and weekend events are held in March and April.
CZECH HERITAGE MUSEUM
RAILROAD AND PIONEER MUSEUM
TEMPLE LAKE PARK
THE GROVE COUNTRY LIFE MUSEUM
- CZECH HERITAGE MUSEUM - Czech
contributions to the ethnic diversity of Texas are highlighted
n a comprehensive exhibit at SPJST (Czech) Insurance Co. Building.
Preserved artifacts include 1530 Bible, 1895 handmade dulcimer
and other antique musical instruments, clocks, colorful Old-World
costumes, and quilts more than 150 years old. Also extensive archives
of Czech immigration to Texas. Open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.
Located at 520 North Main.
- RAILROAD AND PIONEER MUSEUM -
Housed in a restored, vintage depot, exhibits are devoted to pioneer
farm, ranch and home articles, hand tools, clothing, and the early
days of railroading in Texas. Retired steam engine and other railroad
equipment. Open Tues - Friday from 1 - 4 p.m, Sat. 10 a.m. - 4
p.m. Located at South 31st and Avenue H. Admission is charged.
- TEMPLE LAKE PARK - 172 acres on
Lake Belton feature a boat-launching ramp, camping, picnicking,
fishing, boating and lake swimming. Nine miles N.W. on F.M. 2305.
- THE GROVE COUNTRY LIFE MUSEUM
- W.J. Dube General Store features collection of tins, boxes,
products and old equipment--scales, coffee grinders, tools, hardware
and patent medicines. Planters State Bank recalls early banking
days and blacksmith shop demonstrates the lost art. U.S. Post
Office and Cocklebur Saloon complete the museum. Open for tours
Sat., Sun., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Grove lies 15 miles northwest
of Temple on Texas 36. Admission is charged.
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