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Physical Features: Central Texas Blackland, level to hilly; black to light soils in west; mixed timber; Belton Lake, Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

Economy: Fort Hood; manufacturing includes computers, plastic goods, furniture, clothing; agribusiness; distribution center; tourism.

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History: Tonkawas, Lipan Apaches; reduced by disease and advancing frontier by the 1840s. Comanches raided into the 1870s. Settled in the 1830s as part of Robertson’s colony. A few slaveholders in the 1850s. County created from Milam County in 1850; named for Gov. P.H. Bell.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 44.6; Black, 24.4; Hispanic, 25.6; Asian, 3.2; Other, 1.9; Two or more races, 4.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 6,496; deaths, 2,274; marriages, 3,865; divorces, 2,198.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; lakes; historic sites; exposition center; Salado gathering of Scottish clans in November.

Minerals: Gravel.

Agriculture: Beef, corn, sorghum, wheat, cotton. Market value $77 million.

BELTON (22,281) county seat; University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; government/services; manufacturing; museum, nature center.

KILLEEN (151,547) Fort Hood; Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Central Texas College; regional airport; retail center, varied manufacturing; hospital; museums, planetarium; Four Winds Powwow in September.

TEMPLE (77,295) Major medical center with two hospitals and VA hospital; diversified industries; rail, wholesale distribution center; retail center; Temple College, Texas A&M College of Medicine; Azalee Marshall Cultural Activities Center; Czech museum; early-day tractor, engine show in October.

Other towns include: Harker Heights (32,534) Founder’s Day in October; Heidenheimer (224); Holland (1,157) corn festival in June; Little River-Academy (2,076); Morgan’s Point Resort (4,702); Nolanville (5,540); Pendleton (369); Rogers (1,226); Salado (2,096) tourism, civic center, amphitheathre, art fair in August; Troy (1,956). Also, part [690] of Bartlett.

Fort Hood has a population of 29,396.

Army troops at Fort Hood
Army troops at Fort Hood meet near their barracks. File photo.