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Temple in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bernard Moore Temple

(November 4, 1843 - October 5, 1901)

 
 
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By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. Bernard Moore Temple Marker
Inscription. Born near Fredericksburg, Virginia, Bernard Moore Temple was a noted railroad engineer. In 1862, he enlisted in the Virginia artillery, joining the Confederate Army, where he acquired engineering experience in artillery and ordnance. Temple made use of his skills when he moved to Kansas to work as a railway engineer in 1868. During the next four years, he worked for three railway companies, building lines in Kansas and Nebraska, while apprenticing under master railroad builders, including the noted engineer and aviation pioneer, Octave Chanute.
†††††In 1872, Temple joined the Texas and Pacific Railroad. He worked in Texas under another leading figure in railroads, Grenville M. Dodge. In 1875, Temple moved to Galveston; there he married Ida May Shipman, with whom he reared two children. The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway hired him as a surveyor, and in 1877, he became the de facto chief engineer. The company rapidly laid tracks, reaching Bell County on the way to Santa Fe, New Mexico by 1880. The railroad decided to branch off a northward line to Fort Worth from a town named in honor of Temple; lots were sold for the new settlement beginning in 1881.
†††††In 1884, Temple left the company, though he continued to work on projects in Texas. Under railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington, who later employed him, Temple developed
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By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. Bernard Moore Temple Marker
and built the noted Pecos High Bridge across the Pecos River. Afterwards, he returned to Galveston, where he built jetties and served as city engineer (1895-1897) and as water works superintendent (1899-1901). Temple had the water system up within three weeks after the storm of 1900. He died in 1901, and today is remembered as a leading figure in railroad and engineering work throughout Texas.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15999.)
 
Location. 31° 5.859′ N, 97° 20.568′ W. Marker is in Temple, Texas, in Bell County. Marker can be reached from N. 3rd Street north of W. Central Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located under the thru-way of the Fred Poteet Building that houses the Temple Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Temple TX 76501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pool of Tears Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Organization of the Texas Forestry Association (about 500 feet away); City of Temple (about 500 feet away); Temple Public Library (about 700 feet away); Wilson Van Dyke
Temple Visitor Center / Fred Poteet Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. Temple Visitor Center / Fred Poteet Building
Marker is located in the building thru-way
(approx. 10 miles away); Bell County (approx. 10.9 miles away); Little River Fort (approx. 11 miles away); Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Planing Mill (approx. 11.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Temple.
 
Also see . . .  Bernard Moore Temple. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 27, 2015.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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