New from Arcadia Publishing and local authors Michael and Nancy Kelsey is Temple in the popular Images of America series, featuring over 200 vintage images. Also available is a companion packet of 15 loose postcards featuring images from the book.
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.
Highlights of Temple:
• Includes a rare view inside the Knob Creek Masonic Lodge
• Features Pioneer Day celebrations and parades
• Explores Temple’s rich architectural heritage
• Shows photos of railroads, hospitals, businesses, houses, schools, churches, street scenes and community life
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or
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