Introduction to Bellmead, Texas
Bellmead, Texas, in McLennan county, is 3 miles NE of Waco, Texas (center to center) and 79 miles S of Arlington, Texas. Part of the surrounding Waco metro area, the city is not isolated and is home to some 9,214 residents.
The history of the area dates back to the 1920's when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad was established in the area. This created employment opportunities, which attraced many settlers. According to sources, the community was named after a Texas horse farm known as the Belle Meade Farms. Bellmead's first post office was constructed in 1937, and the residents voted in favor of incorporation in 1939. However, due to lack of fire, water, and sewerage facilities, the incorporation was discontinued. Following the establishment of the Waco Army Air Field in the 1940s, the economy of the region revived. The city of Bellmead was finally incorporated in 1954.
Bellmead and Nearby Attractions
- Mayborn Museum
- Earle-Harrison House & Gardens
- Lake Whitney State Park
- Cameron Park Zoo
- Art Center Waco
Things To Do In Bellmead
The Earle-Harrison House & Gardens, which is close to Bellmead, is a mid-19th century mansion built in the Greek revival style. The burial site of Davy Crokett's second wife, Elizabeth Crokett, is at the nearby Acton State Historic Site. The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and the Cameron Park Zoo are other nearby places of interest. Camping, fishing, and picnicking opportunities are available at the Mother Neff State Park. In addition, activities like swimming, mountain biking, and hiking can be enjoyed at the 1,280-acre Lake Whitney State Park.
Air transportation is available from Waco Regional Airport.
Bellmead Higher Education
Baylor University, McLennan Community College, Paul Quinn College, and Texas State Technical College - Waco are close to Bellmead.