Seniors Enjoy Their Stay In Temple

Temple,_TX,_welcome_sign_IMG_0665 Well today we are off to check out a city on Interstate 35 that senior travelers find 65 miles north of Austin and 34 miles south of Waco. 66,000 folks call Temple home.  Temple is in Bell County known by Texans as Central Texas. Central Texas is a region in Texas surrounding Austin and roughly bordered by Brady to Kerrville to La Grange to Waco.

I know that I have driven by Temple on my way from Iowa cruising on down to Corpus Christi, but today, we are going to stop and explore the city. Given a name like Temple, it surely had origins and a history behind it.

As many towns in Texas, Temple was founded in 1881 as a railroad town. It was named after a Santa Fe Railroad official, Bernard Moore Temple who was a civil engineer and former surveyor with the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company. Just like my hometown in Iowa (Monmouth pop. 151) that was named after a railway engineer and once was “thriving” with a population over 300.


Seniors Travelers Discover A Medical Community

Today, Temple thrives in a complex economy, with its reputation as a regional medical center leading the way. Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital is the largest employer in the area with 12,000 employees that includes 800 physicians and scientists.

Check out the electronic version of the 2015 Visitor’s Guide above and flip through pages on what you will be able to see and do in Temple. You will discover a plethora of amenities that are ongoing all year long for visitors of all ages. Then click on: 101 Things To Do in Temple.


The Local Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore their dynamic city, from its pioneer and railroad heritage to its modern designation as one of the nation’s outstanding medical communities.

Senior Hikers And Bikers Find The Trails

For hikers and bikers, the 2 mile walking trail at 100 acre Temple Lions Park awaits your arrival. I counted 16 trails for senior hikers to enjoy in Temple. Great places for some exercise and to observe the city. Miller Park, South Temple Park, West Temple Park and Wilson Park are also great places to relax and take it easy.


For my wife and me, we would first head off to the Temple Commercial Historic District since we enjoy classic architecture and old buildings. It is loaded with beautiful colorful facades with iron balconies. From there over to the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum with another interesting design and red brick facade.

Incidentally, the beautiful Visitor’s Center is in the historic district and senior visitors are invited to stop by for information on the city. A walk through the Temple College campus would also be high on our list of things to see and do.

Discover the daily life happenings in Temple via the Temple Daily News Telegram newspaper. I have always felt the the daily news provides a great overview of any city. Seniors enjoy your stop in Temple, Texas.  -jeb

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