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    KEMP, TEXAS

    Kaufman County, North Central Texas
    Highways 175, 274 and FMs 1895, 1391
    8 miles SE of Kaufman

    About 43 Miles
    SE of Dallas
    Population: 1,133 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Kemp comes from the middle name of the wife of the town's first postmistress. Her full name was Malvina Kemp Watkins, and John Marr Watkins was her husband.

    The post office dates from 1851. Growth was slow until after the Civil War when an influx of settlers from other Southern states arrived. Resident Dr. A. J. Still got wind of the approaching railroad and in 1870 bought land which he subdivided into lots. He managed to lure the railroad to lay tracks across his property, as did another settler (Sam Parmalee). The railroad did arrive in the mid 1880s and it built a depot. Kemp was the terminus of the railroad.

    The town prospered by shipping cotton and cattle from their depot. Methodist and Baptist churches were built and the new century (the 20th) was met with a healthy population of just over 500 residents.

    By the mid 1920s the population swelled to 1,200 people and Kemp had 60 businesses. These fell to 46 by the mid-1930s and the population declined in the 50s and early 60s to 816.

    Cedar Creek Reservoir was constructed in the mid 1960s which bolstered the economy somewhat. The population rebounded to new heights (1,184 for the 1990 census). Many residents of Kemp are employed in Dallas.
    Kemp Tx City Jail
    Kemp former City Jail once held Bonnie Parker and Ralph Fults
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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    Kemp City Hall
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    Kemp Cemetery
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    TX Kemp Cemetery tombstones
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