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Bell County (Texas) History: History of Bell County

Discover the historic people, places, and events of Bell County, Texas.

Local Newspapers

Find historical information about Temple and Belton in the following newspapers:

Temple Daily Telegram: 1938-1968, 1980-2008 (microfilm); 2007-   (DVD) Located on the second floor of the library

Belton Journal Online: 1913-1918, 1920-1939, 1942-1951, 1960-2008

Finding Articles in Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly is available online but access is limited.

In order to find the full text of the articles listed on this guide, enter the title of the article in the search box "Search within SHQ." Then look for the appropriate issue number.


A Sampling of Resources on Bell County

Bell County courthouse 

To find additional resources on Bell County, do a SUBJECT search in TownCat for Bell County (Tex.), individual towns in Bell County, or by names of people.

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Denise Karimkhani
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Story of Bell County

The Story of Bell County, Texas  is an invaluable resource which deals chiefly with the people, places, events, organizations, institutions, and tidbits of trivia from the county's past and present. A publication of the Bell County Historical Commission, this two-volume work begins with early explorers of the area and includes chapters on Indian tribes, the creation of the county, the Civil War, feuds, outlaws, railroads, buried treasure, cities and towns, ghost towns, cotton gins, and a large section of family histories.

Handbook of Texas

Handbook of Texas

The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.

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