• A&E
  • Dining
  • Historical
  • Lodging
  • Outdoors
  • Shopping


Nestled in the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area, sits the town of Kempner, Texas. Founded by early settlers named Pickett in the 1850s, the town was once called Picket Valley. Before Kempner became the town’s official name, the small community was briefly known as Brummersville in 1865. 

By 1882, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was established, so the town was renamed Kempner after Harris Kempner, a Galveston merchant and director of the railroad.

Today, the city of Kempner is home to 1,146, according to the 2020 Census. 


Residents and visitors are not far from Copperas Cove, Fort Hood, and Killeen, and all feature great dining experiences like established fast-food chains and local places like El Taco Jalisco II or Lettuce Leaf Cafe.


Located just 20 minutes from the Killeen Mall, you have an infinite amount of shops to choose from, such as American Eagle, Buckle, Dillard’s, H&M, PacSun, Sephora, and so much more! 


Enjoy an array of outdoor amenities such as a basketball court, walking and running trail, veteran memorial, playground, and river stream at Sylvia Tucker Memorial Park. 

Historical Sites

In present-day Kempner, the founding settlers of the Pickett family remain at The Pickett Family cemetery. 

Arts & Entertainment

If you’re looking for some family fun, Kempner offers various amusements and attractions for your family. Check out Rockhopper’s Family Fun Center and Putt-Putt Fun Center. Or if you’re in the mood to get creative, visit Air & Armor or the Joyce N Wallace Art.