“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kaufman in Kaufman County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

King's Fort

King's Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rheba Bybee, July 24, 2016
1. King's Fort Marker
Inscription. An early frontier fort of the Republic of Texas, King's Fort was built in June of 1840 by a survey party led by Warren A. Ferris, then Nacogdoches County surveyor. Dr. William P. King of Mississippi financed the expedition and accompanied Ferris. Because the fort was located on a favorite hunting ground for area Indians, settlement was delayed several years by fear of attacks. The fort, with its four cabins and a stockade, was used primarily as a way station and place of refuge for travelers.

William King continued his efforts to lure settlers to the area, buying area land until shortly before his death in 1841. When Charles F. Mercer's colonists began to arrive in the vicinity between 1844 and 1846, King's Fort became the center of a dispersed community known as Kingsborough.

Kaufman County was formed in 1848. The town lost its bid to be the county seat then and in 1850, but won a crucial election in 1851. The name of Kingsborough was changed to Kaufman according to state law. Though her legal claim to the title was disputed, King's widow, Frances Tabor, is credited with the donation of 150 acres of the Kingsborough tract to the county seat for a townsite.
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11991.)
King's Fort image. Click for full size.
By Rheba Bybee, July 24, 2016
2. King's Fort
32° 35.594′ N, 96° 18.701′ W. Marker is in Kaufman, Texas, in Kaufman County. Marker is at the intersection of West Pyle Street and North Clay Street, on the left when traveling west on West Pyle Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 North Clay Street, Kaufman TX 75142, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huff-Park House (approx. mile away); Mrs. William P. King (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kaufman County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Isham Chisum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kaufman County Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenslade Drug Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church of Kaufman (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kaufman.
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. This page has been viewed 127 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Rheba Bybee of Seagoville, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 28, 2016.
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