Kingsville

Kingsville, Texas

Kingsville, Texas

A view of the historic downtown of the city of Kingsville, the county seat of Kleberg County. Photograph by 25or6to4.

Kingsville, the county seat of Kleberg County, is on U.S. Highway 77 forty miles southwest of Corpus Christi in the north central part of the county. It originated as a town on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway. Around 1900 there was growing sentiment in South Texas for building a railroad to Brownsville. Henrietta King designated a large tract of the King Ranch to be opened for sale, half of which was deeded to a construction company to induce it to build the line. In 1903 Robert Justus Kleberg, manager of the ranch, organized the Kleberg Town and Improvement Company to sell the land for Mrs. King and the railroad-construction company. A surveyor was hired to lay out the townsite three miles east of the headquarters of the King Ranch. The community was named Kingsville, after Richard King. A short time later the tracks reached the site. On July 4, 1904, the first regular passenger train went through the community, and the citizens had a big celebration. A post office was also established in 1904.

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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Place type

Kingsville is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    27.50952840
    Longitude
    -97.86095800

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Population Counts

Kingsville
Pop. Year Source
25,402 2020 United States Census Bureau
25,394 2019 Texas Demographic Center
26,213 2010 United States Census Bureau
25,575 2000 United States Census Bureau
25,276 1990 United States Census Bureau
28,808 1980 United States Census Bureau
28,995 1970 United States Census Bureau
25,297 1960 United States Census Bureau
16,898 1950 United States Census Bureau
7,782 1940 United States Census Bureau
6,815 1930 United States Census Bureau
4,770 1920 United States Census Bureau