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KINGSVILLE, TEXAS

Kleberg County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

Highway 77
40 miles SW of Corpus Christi
Population: 26,376 (2010) 25,575 (2000)

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Kingsville TX - 1904 Ragland Mercantile Bldg
1904 Building
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

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  • History in a Pecan Shell
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  • Kleberg County Courthouse > next page
  • History in a Pecan Shell

    First there was the King Ranch. Then Henrietta King sold off enough land for the railroad (the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway) to build to Brownsville.

    In 1903, Robert Justus Kleberg formed the Kleberg Town and Improvement Company and three miles east of the ranch, they started the town, naming it after Richard King.


    In 1904, a post office opened and railroad passenger service came through.

    The railroad located their headquarters and shops there and one-third of the population of Kingsville were railroad employees. By 1912 the population was 4,000.

    The King Ranch built a hotel, an ice factory (now a museum), a cotton gin and the Henrietta King High School.

    In 1913
    Kleberg County was formed with Kingsville designated the county seat. In 1920 natural gas was found and piped into homes and businesses. In 1925 South Texas Teachers College was opened and in 1929, it underwent a name change to Texas College of Arts and Industries and then in 1993 it finally became Texas A&M University at Kingsville.

    The Naval Air Station, Kingsville was opened in 1942 as the Kingsville Naval Auxiliary Station and during World War II the base housed between 6,000 and 7,000 personnel. The base closed in 1946, but reopened in 1951.

    Kingsville, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

    Kingsville TX - Kleberg County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Kleberg County Courthouse
    Kingsville TX - Henrietta M. King High School
    1914 Photo courtesy Martha Rogers Ward Garbarino Photo Collection
    Henrietta M. King High School
    Kingsville TX - King Ranch Museum
    King Ranch Museum
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    More Texas Museums
    Kingsville TX - Main Street
    Downtown Kingsville
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Kingsville, Texas - Railroad Depot
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Kingsville Railroad Depot
    Kingsville TX - Robert J. Kleberg Public Library
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Robert J. Kleberg Public Library
    Kingsville TX - St. Martins Catholic Church
    St. Martins Catholic Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Kingsville TX - Trinity Lutheran Church
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    More Texas Churches
    Kingsville TX - Texas Theatre
    The former Texas Theater in downtown Kingsville
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    More Texas Theatres
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Kingsville Tourist Information:
    Kingsville Chamber of Commerce
    635 E. King Kingsville, Texas 78363
    Local call: (361) 592-6438
    Long Distance: 1-888-223-0633 Fax: (361) 592-0866
    http://www.kingsville.org/

    Kingsville Convention and Visitors Bureau
    1501 Highway 77 Kingsville, Texas 78363
    (361) 592-8516 or (800) 333-5032
    http://www.kingsvilletexas.com/

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