Transportation has always been important to the residents of Temple. After all, the town was founded by a railroad in 1881 and named for Bernard Moore Temple, an official with the Santa Fe Railroad. Although railroads are still part of the town’s economy, residents are more familiar with the asphalt pavement gracing many of Temple’s commercial and residential thoroughfares. Alpha Paving Industries has been helping customers in Temple construct, maintain and repair their asphalt pavements for more than three decades. We have repeatedly demonstrated that our focus is on delivering exceptional quality on every job — whether we are resurfacing a city street, sealcoating and striping a parking lot, repairing cracked asphalt pavement or helping business owners bring their parking lots into compliance with ADA regulations.
Temple, TX – The History
The Santa Fe Railroad needed a source of services for passengers as well as its equipment. In 1881, the area around Temple was selected as a satisfactory junction point, so the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad decided to found the town. Prospective residents were brought in by trains from five cities; those who bought lots in Temple were refunded the price of their tickets. Lots were sold at auction, and prospective buyers were treated to a barbecue and a party.
During Temple’s early years, the town had several unflattering nicknames. Some people called it Mudville due to the area’s thick, rich soil. Others referred to it as Tanglefoot; the town’s numerous saloons combined with the mud made walking home a challenge for some of those who imbibed too freely. However, as the town grew and lost its rough edges, it became known as the “Prairie Queen” and the “City of Trees.”
By 1910, Temple had three hotels, six restaurants, six cotton gins and many other businesses. The population had grown to almost 11,000 residents, and they had eight druggists, 22 doctors and six dentists to see to their health. They also had a hospital known as the Temple Sanitarium. In 1922, the name was changed to the Scott & White Memorial Hospital in honor of the two physicians who had founded the Temple Sanitarium. Scott & White is now Temple’s largest employer with more than 12,000 employees.
With a diverse, thriving economy, abundant cultural venues and excellent shopping, residents of Temple enjoy amenities that are not often associated with a town of its size. The town’s proximity to some of the state’s largest cities has made it a hub for transportation; Temple is 65 miles from Austin, 130 miles from Dallas, 147 miles from San Antonio and 168 miles from Houston. Temple is also less than 30 miles from Fort Hood; encompassing over 215,000 acres, it is the world’s largest military base.
Installing and Maintaining Asphalt Pavement in Temple
Asphalt pavement owes its popularity to its durability, low cost and visual appeal as well as its environmentally friendly properties. The following tips can help you ensure that you get the most benefit from your investment.
• Whether you need asphalt pavement installed, maintained or repaired, always work with a reputable asphalt professional. Check the contractor’s references and verify that he carries adequate insurance. Ask about the quality and maintenance of his equipment as well as his experience. See more about Asphalt Paving or Asphalt Overlays
• Sealcoating is the first line of defense for your asphalt pavement. It protects against damage from the sun, automotive fluids and other potentially harmful elements. Have new sealcoating applied periodically; depending on your pavement’s use, this is typically every two years. See more about Asphalt Sealcoating
• Be proactive about repairing cracks. Neglected cracks will continue to expand. Furthermore, water can seep through the cracks and reach the foundation. If the foundation suffers sufficient damage, your entire pavement could be at risk of failing prematurely. See more about Asphalt Crack Repair
• Concrete remains a popular choice for sidewalks and curbs, In Temple, there are also more driveway and parking lots that have been built with Concrete. Concrete is also a popular choice for ramps and ADA improvements. See more about Concrete Services
About Alpha Paving
Alpha Paving is a full-service asphalt company with an outstanding reputation for professionalism, customer service and quality workmanship. Whether you need a parking lot installed or a runway sealcoated, we can help. Our customers include many of the country’s largest retail chains, numerous municipal governments in Central Texas, churches, restaurants, hotels, schools, airports, homeowners’ associations, hospitals, property management firms and other commercial property owners and government agencies. The following list includes some of the many services that we offer.
In Temple, TX, our complete services include asphalt paving and asphalt overlays, sealcoating, road construction, street maintenance, concrete, parking lot maintenance, parking lot striping, asphalt repair, parking lot signs, asphalt milling, speed humps, parking lot car stops, power washing, sandblasting and ADA compliance. Our concrete services include ADA concrete, concrete curbing, concrete driveways, concrete ramps, concrete parking lots, and concrete sidewalks.
If you would like to request a free quote, you can submit the online form or call (512) 677-9001.