During this season of unprecedented uncertainty, local businesses that make the fabric and character of our community need our support. To coincide with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Texas Wine month, the Temple Chamber of Commerce and City of Temple are excited to present the Spirit of Santa Fe Trail this October.
The Spirit of Santa Fe Trail is an opportunity to celebrate not only Central Texas wineries, but breweries and restaurants too.
“Central Texas has a budding winery and brewery industry that offers something for everyone,” noted Rod Henry, Temple Chamber of Commerce President. “Our region produces the traditional grape based wine, mead wine, and fruit-based wines, craft beer, and more. We also have countless home-grown restaurants that give our region a unique identity.”
The Spirit of Santa Fe Trail will begin Thursday October 1, 2020 and end Monday, October 12, 2020. During the trail, wineries, breweries, and restaurants will offer ticket holders exclusive discounts. The trail is a great way to experience the flavors of Central Texas at your own pace. The $20 trail ticket is valid for one exclusive offer at each participating location over the trail dates.
Participating winery and brewery locations include: 3 Texans Winery & Vineyard, Axis Winery, Dancing Bee Winery, The Inn at Salado Winery, Moose & Goose Winery, and Fire Base Brewing Company. Participating restaurants include: The Barton House, Benny’s Ristorante Italiano, La Dalat, La Riv, Nami Japanese Steakhouse (Temple), Our Daily Taco, Pignetti’s, Treno Pizzeria & Taproom, and Wings Pizza N Things.
Purchase tickets online at centraltexastickets.com. Pick-up punch card for trail from participating wineries, brewery or the Chamber with proof of ticket purchase. Visit templechamber.com for a full listing of exclusive offers from the participating locations.
The Spirit of Santa Fe Trail is made possible by generous sponsors: Emerson Construction, Kasberg, Patrick & Associates, Emporium Packaging & Spice Co., Lengefeld Lumber Company, Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, P.C., Covey Landscape Architects, and Extraco Banks.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled an Official State Historical Marker in the Santa Fe Plaza adding more historic significance to the landscape and honoring the organization’s business and civic engagement.
As one of the most visible programs of the Texas Historical Commission (THC), historical markers commemorate diverse topics in Texas history, including community organizations that changed the course of local and state history.
The current marker program began in 1962 as a way to boost heritage tourism and overtime has undergone many changes making the approval process more competitive. The THC only approves up to 175 applications each year for the designation and marker. Each application is ranked and scored according to the broad historical themes relating to Texas history.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce began the application process for the marker in 2018 with the help of local historian Patricia Benoit. The organization was awarded the designation in 2019, where only 170 markers out of 256 were approved.
The application for the Temple Chamber of Commerce, which was founded in 1907 as the Temple Commercial Club, focused on long-term community service and continuing projects to promote the city and its quality of life. Receiving the marker and designation showcase the organization as being historically significant to Bell County and the state.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce marker is located in the Santa Fe Plaza in front of the Santa Fe Business Center and reads:
“By the early 19th century, Chambers of Commerce, first called Boards of Trade or Commercial Clubs, flourished in many major U.S. cities. The goals were to gather economic data and research, influence legislation, serve as a court of commercial arbitration, act as a semi-official adjunct to local government, and promote the local economy.
On April 30, 1907, a crowd gathered at the Elks Club to form a citywide commercial club. Local merchant Andrew Jackson Jarrell (1860-1935) was elected the first president of the club. The organization immediately began work on paving downtown muddy sidewalks, promoting shopping, negotiating new transportation opportunities, and producing marketing materials for the City of Temple. The club also was influential in gaining the Blackland experiment station which encouraged other businesses to move to Temple and Bell County.
In 1912, the Temple Commercial Club merged with the Young Men’s Business Club to form the Temple Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, the Chamber participated in supporting citizens of Bell County with fundraising campaigns, military support efforts during both world wars and the establishment of Temple Junior College. The Chamber also negotiated placement of Camp Hood (now Fort Hood), McCloskey General Hospital (now Olin E. Teague Veterans Center), Lake Belton and many more projects. All of these led to industrial, medical and transportation growth in Temple and Bell County. For over a century, the Temple Chamber of Commerce has provided essential leadership to attract economic development to the city.”
The Temple Chamber of Commerce recently received a Temple Historic Marker from the Temple Historic Preservation Committee. The marker was presented to the Chamber Board of Directors on February 27, 2020.
According to the City of Temple’s website, the Temple Historic Marker Program is a project of the Temple Historic Preservation Committee. The Committee created the program to recognize Temple’s many historic landmarks, businesses, and organizations, and to instill a sense of community pride.
The City of Temple, established in 1881, was built by innovators and visionaries, is deeply rooted in history, yet driven by progress. Many citizens, including the Temple Historic Preservation Committee, keep a grasp on their roots and work diligently to preserve the history of the city. They recognize historic treasures while preserving their stories for future generations.
“What an honor to receive a Temple Historic Marker,” noted Drayton McLane III, Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors. “The Chamber has played an integral role in Temple’s development and leadership.”
Founded as the Temple Commercial Club in 1907, the Chamber is not part of the City of Temple or Bell County Government, nor is it a political party or social club. It is a voluntary 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization with professional staff and a skilled volunteer Board of Directors. The volunteer Board of Directors donates their time, resources, and expertise to improve the community and promote economic growth and stability.
From its beginning, the Temple Chamber of Commerce has welcomed all business owners, professionals, and anyone involved in trade and commerce. The idea was simple, as announced at the first meeting: There was “strength in numbers and cooperation.”
The Temple Chamber has a rich history that began with paving downtown sidewalks and streets for shoppers in 1909. Throughout the organization’s 113-year history, it was part of numerous landmark projects that contributed to Temple’s heritage, growth, development, and improvement.
Some of those projects include securing the Blackland Experiment Station; creation of Temple College; negotiations for Fort Hood becoming a permanent installation in Bell County; the VA locating in Temple; creation of Lake Belton; location of Interstate 35; creation of the Temple Christmas Parade; and creation of Bloomin’ Temple.
“The Chamber is proud of our history and the role the organization has played in the economic vitality of our region,” noted Rod Henry, Chamber President. “Due to our forefathers, the Chamber can effectively serve the business community, and we are grateful.”