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BELL COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Belton, Texas

Bell County has had three courthouses:
1851, 1858 and 1884

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Restored Bell County Courthouse, Belton, Texas
Bell County Courthouse after recent restoration
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2003

Bell County Courthouse - Belton, Texas

Date - 1884
Architect - Jasper N. Preston and Sons
Style - Renaissance Revival

The 1884 Bell County Courthouse has recently undergone a restoration that replaced the bell tower that had been missing for many years. The same construction firm that finished off the clock tower for Cameron's Milam County Courthouse did this job. Modern lightweight materials now allow many courthouses to appear the way their architects intended.

Bell County Courthouse tower, Belton, Texas
Belton, Texas Bell County Courthouse tower
The new courthouse bell tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2003
Bell County Courthouse, Belton, Texas
Bell County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Bell County Courthouse, Belton, Texas
Bell County Courthouse in the 1960s (Note missing bell tower)

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Bell County Courthouse



Bell County Courthouse
Old postcard circa 1940
Bell County Courthouse, Belton, Texas
Another view of the Bell County Courthouse
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Bell County Courthouse, Belton, Texas
A pre-automobile view of the Bell County Courthouse and courthouse square
Photo courtesy THC

The Naming of Belton and Bell County

Both Belton and Bell County were named after Peter (I-might-just-be-a-Colonel-but-I've-got-a-Texas-County-named-after-me) Bell. Bell was a mere Colonel in the Civil War, but he was a Mexican War Veteran, and before that, a San Jacinto Veteran. In his spare time he was a Texas Ranger, a Congressional Representative and a Governor.

Belton is a little different from other County Seats, in that it hasn't the dominant population in the County. Belton's 18,878 are quite happy where they are and with Temple's 68,218 being where they are.
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Statue of Peter H. Bell in front of the Bell County Courthouse in Belton.
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