The Bell County Live Oak stands on the eastern bank of the Leon River, just west of the
city of Belton. In the early 1840’s, a crossing was established near this massive live oak which made it a
natural place to organize both before and after crossing the River. In late April of 1850, the first
election in Bell County was held under this tree to elect the leaders and organize a process to govern the
In the shade of the tree, three men were chosen as judges and five were appointed to be the special
commissioners of Bell County. These commissioners surveyed the land, selected and started a town site,
and sold land within the county so that the population would increase. By August 1 st of 1850, the county
organization was officially complete and the structure of the county remains, for the most part, the same today.
Planting and caring for your Legendary Tree is easy — see the Tree Care page for more information. The saplings we sell are just over a year old, approaching 3 feet tall, and in 1-gallon containers. They are shipped in a well-designed, eco-friendly recycled paper box. We use FedEx ground and guarantee arrival within 5 business days of your order.