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Some fun facts about Bell County, Texas:
Bell County is named Peter Hansborough Bell, the third Governor of Texas.
Bell was a veteran of the Revolution, serving under General Sam Houston
and was present at the Battle of San Jacinto. Bell was later a captain
of the Texas Rangers.
The center of population for the state of Texas is located in Bell County,
near the town of Holland.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
was founded by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1845 as
"Baylor Female College", and was originally the women's department of
Baylor University. Baylor Female
College moved its campus to Bell County in 1886 when it separated from
Baylor University, which relocated to McLennan County.
Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, the first woman Governor of Texas, was born in Bell
County in 1875. Ma Ferguson was elected governor of Texas twice, serving
from 1925-1927 and again from 1933-1935. She was the second woman to be
elected governor of a U.S. state (Nellie Tayloe Ross was inaugurated as
the Governor of Wyoming two weeks before Ferguson was inaugurated as
the Governor of Texas,) and the first woman to be elected Governor twice.
Fort Hood was opened in Bell County in 1942, during the Second World War.
The U.S. Army base is named after Confederate General John Bell Hood,
one of 10 current US military bases controversially still named after
Confederate leaders. The base covers 214,000 acres (866 sq.km.), making
it one of the largest military bases in the free world.
Harker Heights, Texas was incorporated in 1960, and is not named after
someone with the last name of Harker, but rather is named after Harley
Kern, one of the original landowners whose property was subdivided to
establish the town.
The very small town of Ding Dong, Texas, about eight miles (13 km) south
of Killeen has a bell-themed town name that is surprisingly unrelated to
the namesake of Bell County. You can read the story behind the town
Some fun facts about Williamson County, Texas:
Williamson County is named Robert McAlpin Williamson, a Texas Ranger and
veteran of the Revolution who fought at the Battle of Gonzales and the
Battle of San Jacinto. Williamson was later a Supreme Court Justice of
the Republic of Texas, and served in both the Senate and House of
Representatives of the Republic of Texas.
The town of Thrall, Texas held the US record for rainfall in a 24-hour
period for over 77 years. 38.2" (97 cm) of rain was recorded between
7AM on September 9, 1921 and 7AM on September 10, 1921. Thrall lost
the record to Alvin, TX on July 25-26, 1979 when 43.0" (109 cm) fell
on the town near Houston in a 24-hour period during Tropical Storm
Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35), which passes through both Williamson
and Bell Counties, generally follows the path of the historic Chisholm
Trail, a 19th century cattle trail that led from central Texas ranches
to railroad centers in Kansas and Missouri.
Primary filming of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a 1974 horror
film, occurred in a 1909 farmhouse in Williamson County. A victim of
urban expansion, the house was moved 60 miles (100 km) west to Kingsland,
Texas in Llano County in 1993 (where it has been restored and is
presently being used as a restaurant.) The former farm property in
Williamson County is today part of a major retail center called La
In November, 2015, Round Rock, Texas opened its first Diverging Diamond
Intersection (DDI) at the intersection of RM 1431/University Blvd. and
Interstate Highway 35. Also called a "double crossover diamond"
interchange design, the non-interstate traffic crosses to the opposite
side of the road on both sides of the bridge as they cross over the
One of the worst tornado disasters in Texas history struck
Williamson County on May 27, 1997. An F-5 tornado killed 27 people in
the town of Jarrell, while an F-3 tornado struck the Austin suburb of
Cedar Park, killing one person. The F-5 tornado was 3/4 of a mile
(1.2 km) wide and tracked across the ground for 7.6 miles (12.2 km),
scouring away the soil to a depth of 18 inches (46 cm). Many tornado
researchers consider the Jarrell tornado to be the most violent tornado