Temple had its beginning as a railroad town. On June 29, 1881, Temple Junction was created as the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway pushed north from Galveston. On this day, trains brought prospective buyers in for an auction of town lots. 157 business lots and 28 residential lots were sold, and the rest, as they say, is history. The new settlement was named in honor of Bernard Moore Temple, the Santa Fe’s chief engineer; however, he would never live in the town that bore his name.
The railroad lured a diverse population including doctors, lawyers, and merchants. The city was incorporated in 1882 and by 1884 its 3,000 residents were served by three churches and a school, as well as two banks, two weekly newspapers, an opera house, and a waterworks, among others. Temple boomed, soon exceeding the size of nearby Belton, the county seat of Bell County.
Temple, TX is home to one of the largest hospital organizations in the area and recently merged with the Baylor Health Care System in 2013. The city also recently opened an IMAX theatre. Citizens would have to drive all the way to Austin, TX to get the IMAX experience. This along, with having some of the largest employers in the area, makes it a hotspot for people to move to the region to star enriching careers.
Temple has grown steadily because of its diverse economy – agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and medicine. It continues to shine as one of Texas’ brightest stars.
(Information obtained from http://www.ci.temple.tx.us)