Temple City is located in Bell County in the US state of Texas. The city’s population estimate as of 2019 was 74,439. Temple was established in 1881 to serve as a railroad town and named after Bernard Temple, a railroad official. When the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was constructed through this area in 1882, Temple was made a division point. In the city’s formative years, it was a town of tents and shacks with tough characters and many saloons. The town was locally referred to as Tanglefoot because residents a combination of liquor and muddy streets made it a challenge to walk through the town.