The great-great nephew of Frank P. Killeen, for whom the city was named, will visit Killeen on Monday. Peter Killeen is traveling from Ireland to see the town that bears his family’s name.

The public is invited to a welcome reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Shilo Inn, 3701 S. W.S. Young Drive.

The city of Killeen was established May 15, 1882 when the Santa Fe Railroad extended its line westward through Central Texas. The new town was named for Frank Patrick Killeen, an Irish immigrant.

Upon arriving in the United States, Killeen became a railroad clerk in New Orleans. He served in the Civil War in the Washington Artillery company. Following his military service, he rejoined the railroad business settling in Galveston. Killeen died in Galveston on Jan. 22, 1924 at age 86, according to a city news release.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at or (254) 501-7551.

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