Bellville, Belle of the Bluebonnet Country, is the County Seat of Austin County, Texas. It's close in proximity to Houston and Bryan/College Station, but noted for typifying the small town country life.
Founded in 1848 and incorporated in 1927, Bellville enjoys a population of approximately 3,800 residents. This desirable location is about 60 miles west of Houston, 13 miles north of Interstate Highway 10 & 18 miles south of Texas Highway 290. At an elevation of 275 feet above sea level, Bellville stands in timeless harmony with its green rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays from early spring through late summer.
Initially settled by Thomas and James Bell, who immigrated from Florida in 1822 as some of Stephen F. Austin's earliest settlers. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County and Bellville was named for them. Churches, a log cabin, and a wooden courthouse were the first public structures in Bellville. Most of the residents were farmers, and the town grew slowly until the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880, when the population rose from 300 people to 1,000 residents within three years. Bellville's population of just under 4,000 is served by an aldermanic form of government and city owned and operated utilities.
LCRA electrical power is supplied to residents of Bellville through the City of Bellville and residents of Austin County through San Bernard Electric Cooperative, who also has an office located in Bellville. Texas Southeastern Gas Company furnishes natural gas to Bellville. High speed internet and cable television service are available to residents.
Many state and county offices are conveniently located in the Austin County Courthouse. Newly remodeled Bellville General Hospital is a licensed, and fully accredited, 32 bed acute care facility. The Hospital is located just 4 blocks from the Courthouse Square. The city also has a local school district, Public Library, The Bellville Times- a weekly newspaper, four financial institutions, and a variety of small businesses, manufacturers and other industry. Some added resources of Bellville are available housing, and convenient sites for clean industrial and retail development.
Bellville has a Economic Development Corporation funded by 4B Sales Tax. Bellville is a charming, clean, well planned community, featuring a colorful mixture of various cultures. With smog-free air, a pastoral atmosphere, and high accessibility to major highways, Bellville offers many desirable features to the visitor, the resident, and various business interests.