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Kyle in Hays County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Kyle

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
1. Kyle Marker
Inscription.  Two antebellum settlements, the Blanco or Nance community (7 mi. W) and Mountain City (3 mi. W), provided the early population and business for Kyle after the city was founded in 1880. Fergus Kyle, for whom the town was named, and the family of David Moore donated 200 acres of land for a townsite when the International & Great Northern Railroad built a line from Austin to San Antonio. Lots were first sold in October 1880 as an auction held beneath a liveoak at 204 S. sledge Street. The first business was a saloon and meat market owned by Tom Martin.

An 1895 election incorporated the town but voters discontinued the status two years later. Kyle was incorporated again in 1906 and J. W. Tompkins served as the first mayor.

In the 1940s Kyle residents elected an all-woman municipal government. The mayor, who won using a write-in campaign, was Mary Kyle Hartson (1865-1956), daughter of Fergus Kyle. Her brother Edwin Jackson Kyle (b. 1876) was dean of the Texas A&M School of Agriculture. He later served in the administrations of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as the ambassador to Guatemala (1944-48). Kyle Football
Kyle Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, July 3, 2018
2. Kyle Marker Area
City Square Park
Field at Texas A&M University is named in his honor.
 
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10288.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWomen.
 
Location. 29° 59.297′ N, 97° 52.613′ W. Marker is in Kyle, Texas, in Hays County. Marker is at the intersection of West Center Street (Farm to Market Road 150) and South Main Street, on the left when traveling west on West Center Street. Marker is in the middle of City Square Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kyle TX 78640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wheeler Bunton (within shouting distance of this marker); Old D. A. Young Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lex Word and the Bon Ton (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Kyle (about 600 feet away); Cora Jackman Donalson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Kyle Auction Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); Katherine Anne Porter (approx. 0.2 miles away); WPA Projects at Kyle School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kyle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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