Kleberg, now in Dallas, was on U.S. Highway 175, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and Hickory Creek thirteen miles southeast of Dallas in southeastern Dallas County. The site was a 4,428-acre tract granted on October 23, 1845, to Robert Kleberg. Kleberg never actually resided on the grant, and after squatters had stripped much of the pin and post oak from the heavily wooded land, he sold it. A small community on the site was a stagecoach stop at the intersection of two wagon roads. Most of the early residents raised horses or farmed, but some extracted sand and gravel, thus producing small lakes. After the arrival of the Texas Trunk Railroad in 1881 the community began its period of prosperity. In 1882 it received a post office named Kleburgh, with James E. Copehart as postmaster. The name was changed to Kleburg in 1887, and by 1890 the community had a population of 100, two steam saw and grist mills, a cotton gin, two wood dealers, two livestock dealers, a blacksmith, a shoemaker, two general stores, and a newspaper, the Kleburg Pigmy. In 1899 Kleburg filed its first nine-acre plat.
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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