Belton is located in the heart of Texas among rolling plains, wooded hills, rivers and lakes. Belton has a rich history and radiates the romance of the Old West. Over 160 historical markers are evidence of the city’s historic past. Belton is the home of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, as well as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, originally known as the Baylor Female College.

Belton Lake has long been a Central Texas favorite for water sports, fishing tournaments, camping, picnics or just relaxing. Here, anglers haul in White Crappie, Walleye, Flathead Catfish, Channel catfish, bluegill, sunfish, large-mouth and white bass. Fed by the Leon River, Belton Lake offers a haven for fishing and boating enthusiasts, covering 12,300 surface acres with 136 miles of shoreline.

Fed by the Lampasas River, Stillhouse Hollow Lake is rated among the highest of Texas lakes for water quality. It covers 11,830 acres and includes 58 miles of shoreline. Open to all, the lake offers many attractive areas for outdoor recreation, water sports, hunting, fishing, sailing or just kicking back. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the Chalk River Falls Nature Trail and its scenic waterfall.

Independence Day celebrations are a longtime Belton tradition, dating back to 1852. Today, a week-long, nationally recognized celebration includes a carnival, cattle drive, arts and crafts festival, the PRCA rodeo, and a downtown parade.

Belton’s annual 4th of July parade attracts over thirty thousand people. Communities from many Central Texas areas participate by building floats. The Belton Carnegie Library, built in 1904-05 with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie, stands in the background. The building now houses the Bell County Museum.

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