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Nearly 1,300 area sixth-graders descended upon the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Wednesday for the city’s annual GIS Day, a day the city’s geographical information systems project manager dubbed as Killeen’s “claim to fame.”
By Don Bolding
Killeen's Daniel McCants, left, runs against Temple's Dominick Thompson during Friday's game at Wildcat Stadium in Temple.
Vehicles drive by a large puddle after a rainstorm Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Killeen.
Sunset from my patio in Killeen October 8, 2013
A pedestrian crosses the tracks at sunset Wednesday in front of the Killeen Train Depot. In 1870, Texas had 600 miles of track. A peak was reached in 1932 with 17,078 miles. Total rail mileage in Texas is still higher than any other state.
The last rays of sun hit the tracks Wednesday at the old depot in Killeen.
A freight train crosses North Grey Street in Killeen on Wednesday.
A railroad worker waits for the liquid steel to cool during maintenance work Tuesday on the tracks in Killeen. The steel can reach almost 500 degrees.
Allen Mitchell, a railroad worker, files steel during maintenance work on the tracks Tuesday in Killeen.
A train of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway arrives Tuesday in Killeen.
The last rays of sunlight hit the railroad tracks in Killeen on Wednesday.
A train passes trough the Killeen Depot transporting military vehicles. The presence of the railway was an important factor in the Army's decision to establish Camp Hood after World War II. In 1950, Camp Hood changed its name to Fort Hood and was declared a permanent post.
Two Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains approach Killeen.
A train on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway line passes the Killeen Train Depot. The Santa Fe Railroad is an essential part of the history of Killeen. Since its founding in 1882 as a shipping station for cattle and cotton, Killeen has grown significantly.
A Historical Marker near the front door of the building explains the founding of Killeen in 1882. The first Depot was destroyed by fire, and workers of the Santa Fe line built the second one in 1913. The city of Killeen acquired the building in 1982 and moved it 350 feet west and 350 feet west of its original location.
A passer-by leaves the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce building, formerly the Killeen train Depot. Frank P. Killeen, the Assistant Manager of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad named the city in 1882, when the railroad arrived at a small farming community known as Palo Alto. In May 1882, when the first train passed through the city, no more than 40 people lived in Killeen.
The Killeen Kangaroos practice at Hood Stadium last year. They host Copperas Cove at Fort Hood tonight. Some parents say Killeen is giving up home-field advantage by playing on post instead of at Leo Buckley Stadium, which is at Killeen High School.
Killeen’s downtown Information Technology Building is seen in June. Exterminators were unable to locate a skunk whose foul odor made some city employees sick in May and June.
Vehicles drive through puddles in the southbound lane on W.S. Young Monday, July 15, 2013, in Killeen.
Old School in Killeen Texas built in 1923
Tyler Gipson brings down a steer during the steer wrestling competition at the 66th annual Rodeo Killeen on Saturday at the Killeen Rodeo Grounds.
Evan Jayne rides in the bareback riding competition during Rodeo Killeen on Saturday at the Killeen Rodeo Grounds.
Chris Harris rides in the bareback riding competition during Rodeo Killeen on Saturday.
Belton Senior Activity Center’s annual Christmas party is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.