Photos of Belton's Past
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The old photos and images below are from Belton's Past
History and provided by Joe Coward of Belton Printing and former publisher of
The Belton News. We are grateful to Joe for making these photos available.
We hope that the community and visitors to this site will enjoy and
cherish these images from the past.
Additional information and corrections about some of
the photos listed has been made available by Belton historian Alison Ashley
Darby. Photos with changes have been designated with the words "Info
Update" & the date it was updated. Additional old photos have been
provided by Alison and will soon be published to this web site. For
details of how to purchase Alison's recently published book
America: Belton which includes hundreds of old photos and
information about Belton, click on the book's title.
Some of the photos are not dated. We will
continue to look for additional information about these photos and add new ones
Click on each picture for a larger
Downtown Corner of Belton (Info
This photo shows the South East Corner Square
with the Standpipe (water tank) in the background. The Standpipe
(completed January 2, 1909) can be seen from miles away, and for many
years it had the slogan on top "Watch Belton."
Central Graded School in Belton
(Info Update 7/7/04)
The Central Graded School was built
in 1905 on the site of the previous building. It served grades 1 -
10 until 1922 when the high school was built on Myrtle Avenue (then a
dusty road). The building was renovated and occupied by
City Hall in 1976.
"CONAKKA" in Belton
(Info Update 7/7/04)
"Conakka" was built ca. 1903 by John B. Adger, a
Charleston fellow who came to Belton to assist with the Belton Power
Company. The home was once surrounded by a formal garden. It is said that photos of this home were once
featured on post cards of this period. Although not verified, it is
said that some of the bricks produced from one of two Belton brick mills
were used in its construction. The Lewis Blake Family also lived in
this home until it was purchased by Allen and Molly Cheshire.
Woodman Hall Community House
This building was located at Belton
Mills in Belton. Community meetings were often held in this
Seewee Manufacturing Company in
Belton (Info Update 7/7/04)
Group photos of company and business
employees of this era were common. Seewee Manufacturing Company made
Tornado Hits Belton
The photo shows the results of a tornado that hit
Belton on May 5, 1933. This photo was taken in the area of Blair
Mills. The tornado left 12 persons dead, 111 homes destroyed and
about $500,000 in property damage in Belton where people were still trying
to recover from the Great Depression.
Anyone wishing to provide additional
information or photos from the past should e-mail