Bell County

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The establishment of Fort Hood during World War II ushered in a period of rapid progress for Bell County. Its predominately agrarian identity was transformed into a modern, multidimensional economy focused on defense, health care, education, transportation, and heritage tourism. Beginning in the 1960s, the county experienced a population shift to the suburbs, and its numbers tripled, from 94,097 in 1960 to 310,235 in 2010. The Centroplex of Killeen, Belton, and Temple is one of the fastest-growing regions in Texas. In 2014, Killeen ranked 18th in the nation for growth. US News & World Report ranked Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple 10th among Texas hospitals for 2014–2015. Today, the culturally diverse population respects its history and anticipates a bright future for the county.
ISBN: 9781467134675
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 169
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Michael and Nancy Kelsey are members of the Bell County Historical Commission and serve on the Central Texas Area Museum Board of Directors. Both served on the Belton Public Library Board. Nancy is on the Salado Historical Society Board of Directors. Michael chaired the first Belton Heritage Preservation Board and currently serves on the Temple Historic Marker Committee. They selected images from collections of these organizations to tell about the people and places of Bell County.
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