Temple Historic Tours
Temple Historic District
Temple was established in 1881 and has since become full of historic gems, such as the newly renovated Santa Fe Depot, a beautiful array of historic homes in the historic residential district, and more than a century of architectural wonders in the downtown historic district.
Many tours are offered that showcase the rich history of the area, including:
Tour Temple's Museums
Driving Tour of the Historic Homes of Temple
Pioneer's Trail Walking Tour
Visionaries of Hillcrest Cemetery Walking Tour
Innovators and Leaders of Hillcrest Cemetery Walking Tour
Tour guide assistance is available for all of the above named tours. Transportation assistance is also available. Visit the Attractions page for hours of operation and entry fees at individual facilities.
For More Information
To schedule a tour, contact the Temple Office of Tourism at (254) 298-5418.
Hillcrest Cemetery Walking Tour
Hillcrest Cemetery is older than the City of Temple. The grounds have many marked burials that predate 1881, when the city began . This 70-acre sacred ground was once a farmer's field, where citizens in the mid-1870s began a one room school.
The cemetery evolved nearby when a student, age 17, died in 1877. An estimated 16,000 are buried here. Epitaphs in many languages reflect the increasingly diverse nationalities who settled here - Germans, Czechs, Italians, Hispanics, French, Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans.
Today, visitors stroll among the graceful old trees, magnificent ornate stones and charming ambiance. Students use it as a learning lab for class projects, and history buffs learn more about their heritage.
Located at 873 N. 1st St. For more information call 254-773-4626 or via email at