Military History: Belton, Killeen, The Grove, and Temple Professional Review and Guide
"Built on the Leon River and Nolan Creek, the community of Belton was once named Nolanville, a place where merchants sold goods from wagons and tin cups full of whiskey from a barrel. Today Belton is a small town of 14,000 residents, best known as home of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. The Baptist college began here over a century ago and was once the women’s school for Waco’s Baylor University.
Two lakes, Stillhouse Hollow and the larger Belton Lake, lie outside the city limits. Both provide fishing, boating, camping, and a quiet retreat only a few minutes from the highway. Today The Grove Country Life Museum is privately owned and open on weekends for visitors to tour. With over 45,000 residents, the city of Temple is the medical center for Central Texas and an important industrial producer."