Bellville Pop. 3,794 Alt. 220


Seat of Austin County, one of the original counties in Texas. In 1848, Bellville was established as the seat of government on land given to the county by Thomas Bell, one of Stephen F. Austin's original Three Hundred Colonists, and for whom the city was named. The first issue of the Bellville Times was published in 1879 and is still in business today. The subtropical climate is excellent for hay, sorghum, corn, rice, and oats. Cattle farms are abundant. In spring fields come alive with bluebonnets and other wild flowers.

A guide to many fine turn-of-the-century homes and downtown buildings, produced by the Bellville Historical Society, can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce at #4 W. Main St. or by calling (409)865-3407.

Four city parks offer excellent picnic areas and playgrounds. Shoppers find an abundance of antique and craft shops offering handmade items in historic buildings around the square.

Bed and breakfast accommodations offered in historic buildings.

Austin County Jail -

County Jail from 1896 through 1992, now under renovation. Handsome old building offers revolving exhibits of Austin County history. Call Chamber of Commerce (see above) for hours of operation. 36 S. Bell St.



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