General Facts About The Area
A small town of distinctive charm, Belton was founded in 1850 and in early years, grew as a rustic trading center for nearby farms & ranches. The first merchant sold goods from his wagon before any stores were built; the first saloon was a barrel of whiskey and a tin cup under a shade tree. A stagecoach line served the village, and cowboys herding Longhorns up the Chisolm Trail enjoyed rest stops in Belton. The town is graced by architecture from the early 1860’s to the turn of the century. Preservation of historic structures is a current priority in Belton’s graceful old downtown area. Some buildings and homes open for the annual tour in late April or early May.
Points Of Interest
Belton has a variety of interesting things to keep you entertained throughout the year. During the summertime, cool off at Summer Fun U.S.A., Belton’s locally owned and operated water park with a variety of water slides for children & adults, plus a swimming pool & lazy river. Admission is only $13.00 for adult (full day) & $10.00 for children. (full day)
On the 4th of July, start your day off at 10 A.M. down on Main Street & 10th Avenue at the Celebration Parade, an annual Belton tradition since 1919. After you enjoy the marching bands, floats, antique cars, & more, head over to the Bell County Expo Center for the PRCA Rodeo & 4th of July Celebration. There you will find a variety of different rodeo events, many children’s events, vendors, & gift shops.
Christmas time isn’t only the time for last-minute shopping, wrapping gifts, & holiday goodies, but it is also time for the annual Christmas On The Chisolm Trail, which takes place the first Thursday in December in downtown Belton’s historic district. Festivities start with the lighting of the community Christmas tree at 5:30. After that, enjoy the sounds of area school & church choirs & strolling carolers as you browse the vendors that are lined up and down the street. There will be a variety of performances, and Santa will be there, too, ready for pictures!!
To learn more about what Belton has to offer its residents, contact the Belton Chamber of Commerce at 254-939-3551 or stop by their office, located at 412 E. Central Avenue in, where else, Belton!! You can also visit the Belton website by clicking here.