On the edge of 217,000-acre Fort Hood, Killeen was named for a civil engineer of the Santa Fe Railroad, which was built across the county in 1882. It is the largest city in Bell County and home to Texas A&M Central Texas/Tarleton State University and Central Texas College.
Killeen's rich cultural diversity offers dining, shopping and entertainment options, from rodeos and stock-car racing to stage performances. Community theater productions are held throughout the year at the Vive Les Arts Theatre.
The Killeen Area Heritage Association sponsors historic exhibits at the Killeen City Hall. A storefront exhibit at the Municipal Courts building, 200 E. Avenue D, demonstrates family life in the community before the coming of the Army in 1942. They also offers tours of the former Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, which features original handmade furnishings and artifacts. 254/699-5916 or 254/634-7750.