Kingston is on U.S. Highway 69 and Farm roads 3427 and 903, Hickory Creek, and the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad, ten miles northwest of Greenville in northwestern Hunt County. The Cowleach Fork of the Sabine River runs a half mile south of the community. Kingston was founded as a depot on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad when the tracks were built from Denison to Greenville in 1880. Nick Hodges donated the land for the right-of-way and depot. In exchange he was allowed to name the station and chose the name Kingston, reportedly because he surrendered with his Confederate comrades at Kingston, Georgia. After its founding Kingston grew rapidly. In 1880 a post office was established in the community with J. H. Maynard as postmaster. Merchants left such nearby communities as White Rock and Hog Eye for Kingston. From 1885 to 1897 Calhoun College was located in Kingston. The first paper in the community, the Kingston Beacon, was started in 1882 with G. H. Black as editor.
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.
Lisa C. Maxwell | © Texas State Historical Association
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