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.
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|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|