The early days of Temple were defined by the railway that made its way to Central Texas by December of 1881. The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company was the major employer, offering jobs on the trains, company machine shops and business offices. In 1892, Dr. A.C. Scott and Raleigh R. White, Jr. arrived in Temple to work at the railroad’s own Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Hospital to treat company employees. In order to offer services to the rest of the city, the doctors opened the Temple Sanitarium in 1904, which has grown into one of the fastest-growing hospitals in the 20th century, the Scott & White Memorial Hospital. Temple has now grown to a population of almost 50,000 people who enjoy the small-town community with big-city amenities such as the Temple Symphony Orchestra and Temple College.
Temple offers historic downtown areas and great places to eat such as Pignetti's, Benny's Italian Restaurant, Birdcreek Burger, Megg's Cafe and O'Brien's Irish Pub. And places to check out, shop or hangout like The Hub, Whistle Stop Park and Sparetime Bowling. Alley.