Midway is on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe line midway between Belton and Temple in central Bell County. The site was settled in the mid-1800s and in the 1850s had a combination church and school built of rock on land donated by the Embree family. The Rock Church School had sixty-eight pupils and one teacher in 1903. Though the railroad reached Midway in the 1880s, it remained a small community. Midway had two businesses and forty inhabitants in 1940, and in 1947 it had a store and a gas station. By 1964 the community population was 100, and by 1974, 122. By 1988 Midway was part of a metropolitan "corridor" of communities reaching from Belton to Temple and was no longer listed separately on the county highway maps. The population remained at 122 through 2000.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
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