The City of Killeen began in 1882 to serve as a railroad junction between Lampasas and Temple, named after railroad executive Frank P. Killeen (interesting note: Mr. Killeen never once stepped foot in Killeen). Killeen remained a small Texas town, dealing mostly in cotton, until 1942 when Camp Hood was first established to help with the war effort.
Catch a play or musical at the Vive Les Arts Theatre. Throughout the year, you will find many fun and exciting events, such as Rodeo Killeen. For an intergalactic experience, explore the stars at the Mayborn Science Theater. A planetarium with a 60-foot dome is located on the campus of Central Texas College.
Nestled in rolling hills and dense forests, Killeen offers the perfect setting for golf. Three local courses located near town allow golfers to fully appreciate the scenic beauty. The Stonetree Golf Course in Killeen, the Courses at Clear Creek in Fort Hood, and the Hills of Cove Golf Course in Copperas Cove combine to offer 63 holes of top-shelf golf, all within a 15-mile radius.
For some water-based fun, head to either Belton Lake or Stillhouse Hollow Lake, both of which offer fantastic venues for swimming, fishing, boating, and camping.