"In the 1930s there was little city funding and it was finally made into a permanent structure where service clubs could meet," said Assistant City Manager Cristy Daniell. "Occasionally there would be city council meetings there and for a long time it was the only big meeting place in town."
During World War II they added to the slab, and inside the building you can see where the new slab starts and where the old slab ends. It was a meeting place and many OSU dances during World War II were held there.
At one time it was where the Belton Police Department and City Courts where held until they were moved to their current location. The building was renovated before moving the finance department in the building.
"It was the meeting place for this community for decades," said long-time resident Berneta Peeples. "The Lions and Rotary Clubs met there. They put it up above the flood plain to keep it from flooding. In the 1957 flood, the waters were all the way to the door."
With the potential improvements along the creek with various grant projects, it brings back memories for those who grew up in Belton that the creek area was the social meeting place for decades. Bands used to play regularly for years and there used to be canoe rides along Nolan Creek.
"Berneta has told me about all the bands that used to play here," said Daniell. "They used to have sock hops and it was a combination of community center and teen meeting place."
"Friday nights there was the White House Band," said life-long Belton resident Joan Cox. "It was just beautiful down by the creek. People would take canoe rides up and down the creek and there were stands where bands would play and people would sit on blankets to listen. The area was our meeting place in the 1930s and there was a beach area near the Natatorium (used to house the Belton public pool)."
The city building in Yettie Polk Park also used to house the teen canteen in the 1940s, 50's and 60's after it was moved from the building that is now the Bell County Museum.
"They moved the teen canteen to down on the creek for a place for everybody to meet. In that old building where the museum is you had to dance on the stage because the floor was too weak to hold up to us doing the jitterbug. It was on the second floor and it wouldn't support the dance," said Cox.