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    KIT, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Dallas County, North Central Texas
    State Highway 356 and Loop 12
    About 7 Miles W of Downtown Dallas

    Population: Absorbed into that of Irving

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    Irving TX - Kit Cemetery
    Kit Cemetery
    Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Now included as part of Irving, Kit was originally named Gorbett (sometimes spelled Gorbit). The namesake was early resident John B. Gorbett. Somewhere in forgotten trunks on faded yellow envelopes there are Gorbett, Texas postmarks, for that community had its own post office from 1889 to 1894.

    When the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway was laying tracks across Dallas County in the 1880s, investors from Gorbett platted a separate town alongside the proposed route. They may have been long on investment strategy but they were woefully short on imagination, naming the new community Gorbett as well. Postal authorities frown on such things and if the new community was to have a separate post office, it needed a separate name. Kit became the name of the new post office in 1894 although it only stayed in business for 10 years. There is no information available as to the source of the new name.

    The railroad bypassed Kit and in 1903 several of the fledgling businesses moved to be alongside of the tracks at the site of Irving. The site of Kit eventually became a highway intersection and only the cemetery remains as proof of its existence.


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    Old Kit Cemetery:
    Kit Cemetery Historical Marker
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    Irving TX - Kit Cemetery, Edna Lindenblatt Tombstone
    Tombstone
    Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010
    Irving TX - Kit Cemetery, Edna Lindenblatt porcelain portrait
    Porcelain Portrait
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    Irving TX - Kit Cemetery, Itano Tombstone
    Tombstone
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    Irving TX - Kit Cemetery
    Angel among tombstones
    Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010
     Kit Cemetery historical marker
    Kit Cemetery Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010
    Irving TX - Centennial Old Kit Cemetery marker
    Old Kit Cemetery Marker
    Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010
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