De Kalb

DeKalb is on the Missouri Pacific Railroad and U.S. Highway 82 twelve miles northwest of New Boston in western Bowie County. It was one of the earliest settlements in the county. According to some county histories a community had begun to take shape in the winter of 1835, when David Crockett visited the site on his way to the Alamo. These sources claim that when Crockett enquired about the name of the town, residents told him it had none and then asked him to name it. He suggested the name of the Prussian Baron de Kalb, a general of the American revolutionary army.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

De Kalb is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.50752290
    Longitude
    -94.61656300

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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De Kalb by the Numbers

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Population Counts

De Kalb
Pop. Year Source
1,712 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,699 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,769 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,976 1990 Texas Demographic Center