The Santa Fe Depot

Temple’s Santa Fe Depot symbolizes the city’s founding by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1881. Built in a Prairie-Beaux Arts style, the building was designed by Chicago architect, Jarvis Hunt, and opened for business in January 1911. Constructed of brick and stucco, the two-story project was started in August 1909 but … Read more

Kyle Hotel

Backstory and Context The Kyle Hotel was the brainchild of Dr. A. C. Scott, a physician and founder of Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Scott believed a quality hotel would benefit not only the city of Temple but Scott and White Hospital as well. Existing local accommodations were no longer able to meet … Read more

King’s Daughters Hospital

Written by Patricia Benoit, Temple Daily Telegram – TDT, Apr 19, 2009 King’s Daughters Hospital, one of Texas’ oldest continuously operating community hospitals, opened in 1896, thanks to a dedicated group of Protestant churchwomen who took the gospel literally. In less than seven years, these dedicated Christians united men and women from government, business and … Read more

First United Methodist Church of Temple

How it all started… Even before the organization of Temple, Texas as a town, there was a “Methodist Society” which met in a school called Double File, located west of Hickory Road.  The congregation of twenty-seven members became the nucleus of the First Methodist Church in Temple, which worshiped in the Old School Presbyterian Church … Read more

History of Temple, Texas

Temple is at the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 and State highways 53 and 95, in northeastern Bell County thirty-six miles south of Waco and sixty-seven miles north of Austin. In 1880 Jonathan E. Moore sold 187 acres of his land to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway to use for a construction camp. … Read more

The Stagecoach Inn

A member of Historic Hotels of America since 2018, The Stagecoach Inn was constructed amid the nation’s Gilded Age in the second-half of the 19th century. Built in 1852, The Stagecoach Inn is thought to be the most historic structure in the Village of Salado, Texas. The original simple, two-story wood-frame building was designed in … Read more

Salado Saloon

In 1860, the historic Rock Building was built as part of the James B. Anderson home next door.  It was built of hand cut limestone.  The fireplace, ceiling rafters and front doors are original.  The side room was added in 1985 of old lumber.  It was first used by Anderson as his office when he … Read more

Old Church of Christ

The Salado Church of Christ had its beginning on March 10,1859, when a group of thirty-six Christians from the old Darrs’ Creek congregation, led by Dr. Carroll Kendrick, met in a brush arbor on the north bank of Salado Creek, site of the present Baptist Church building, and organized a congregation which has been in … Read more

First Baptist Church, Salado

History May 28, 1864, a group of 11 “single” people gathered in the chapel of Salado College for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church…Records state that after a series of meetings, the group “decided in all due deference to the good brethren and sisters belonging to the old organization that it would be best … Read more

Barbee-Berry Mercantile

The Barbee-Berry Mercantile Building, built around 1870 housed one of the earliest mercantile businesses and commercial buildings that remain from Salado’s earliest years.  It is two stories and exhibits fine masonry craftsmanship in its construction. Though the building has been adapted for continued use, it remains an intact example of 19th-century commercial architecture. In the … Read more