FROM MUD TOWN TO TEMPLE
Although formally named “Temple Junction” in honor of chief railroad engineer Bernard Moore Temple of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, the townsite was once known locally as “Mud Town” and “Tanglefoot”. Temple has come a long way since its founding as a railroad town in the 1880’s but that doesn’t mean the city has abandoned its past. Temple has one national register district, two local historic districts, a local historic landmark program to designate and protect historically significant structures, and a heritage marker program to highlight historically significant buildings and long-standing local organizations throughout the community. Each of these designations recognizes the city’s many historic landmarks and organizations and their impacts and influence on the community as a whole. Separate from the official state and federal designation programs, Temple’s programs provide a unique, local aspect for preserving the region’s important heritage and strives to instill a sense of community pride in Temple residents. More history about this Texas Brazos Trail Region city can be discovered in Temple’s cultural centers, including the Czech Heritage Museum and the Railroad and Heritage Museum.