Located in the central part of the state of Texas, Temple sits along the Little River which is southeast of Belton Lake and is in the south-southwest of Waco. The area was founded by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, the city was then incorporated and named after a railroad engineer - B.M.Temple. Soon thereafter, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad arrived and the area became a division point with the railroad shops. Temple became a point of the settlement for several hundred Czech immigrants, wherein at present, there are more than 18,000 books that are written in the Czech language. The city’s growth as a farm and livestock produce center was fostered upon the establishment of the three hospitals and educational institutions.
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