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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kleberg County, Texas

Clickable Map of Kleberg County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kleberg County, TX (30) Brooks County, TX (12) Jim Wells County, TX (13) Kenedy County, TX (5) Nueces County, TX (150)  KlebergCounty(30) Kleberg County (30)  BrooksCounty(12) Brooks County (12)  JimWellsCounty(13) Jim Wells County (13)  KenedyCounty(5) Kenedy County (5)  NuecesCounty(150) Nueces County (150)
Kingsville is the county seat for Kleberg County
Adjacent to Kleberg County, Texas
      Brooks County (12)  
      Jim Wells County (13)  
      Kenedy County (5)  
      Nueces County (150)  
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1 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 9/11 Memorial
In response to the deplorable terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the congregation of the first presbyterian church of Kingsville, Texas, makes the following declaration: We, like other Americans and freedom - loving people all over the . . . Map (db m213763) HM WM
2 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 664 — Camp Kingsville, U.S.A.(1915 - 1917)
Established in September 1915 by Lt. Joseph Dorst Patch, acting under orders of the United States Army during the troubles on the Mexican border. This camp served as the operational base for companies K, L and M of the 26th Infantry, U.S. Army. . . . Map (db m193173) HM
3 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 15961 — Chamberlain Cemetery
In order to better market and transport cattle from area ranches at the turn of the twentieth century, Henrietta King, owner of the King Ranch, and other ranchers joined to bring the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway through the area to . . . Map (db m205968) HM
4 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 6283 — Dawson Richard Murchison(Feb. 11, 1887 - Dec. 20, 1938)
Born in Bastrop County. A state game warden 1930-1938; stationed in Kingsville. He was killed on duty in Jim Wells County when he and other wardens caught men "spotlighting" deer. Married Mattie B. Wright, they had 5 children.Map (db m206865) HM
5 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 1485 — Englishmen in South Texas, 1568
Fifty-two years before the celebrated landing of English settlers at Plymouth Rock, in what is now Massachusetts, three Englishmen traveled this South Texas area. They were sailors who had gone to sea in 1567 with Sir John Hawkins, an admiral of . . . Map (db m201834) HM
6 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 13038 — First Baptist Church of Kingsville
In July 1904, the railroad reached the new town of Kingsville. The next month, twelve local residents, led by Bro. R. L. Pearce as pastor, organized a Baptist church. Pearce served until 1907. That year, members built their first sanctuary. Other . . . Map (db m192521) HM
7 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 16781 — First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
On Oct. 11, 1911, the first Christian Church of Kingsville was organized, many of its charter members being employees of the town’s new railroad. When there was a lack of funds to construct a church, the community responded with donations, . . . Map (db m206933) HM
8 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 13304 — First Presbyterian Church of Kingsville
Tradition holds that Presbyterians in Kingsville first held services under mesquite trees before formally organizing on January 8, 1905. That day, the Rev. A.H.P. McCurdy led several men and women in services at the Kingsville Lumber Company. . . . Map (db m192519) HM
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9 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 17830 — First United Methodist Church of Kingsville
The first Methodist worship service in Kingsville was on March 4, 1904. The Reverend C. S. Mills, a pastor from Corpus Christi, conducted the service with thirty-one attendants sitting under mesquite trees. Services continued in local businesses and . . . Map (db m192518) HM
10 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 2440 — Henrietta M. King High School
Completed in 1909, this school building originally housed all grades of the Kingsville school system. The site and funds for construction were donated by school benefactor Henrietta M. King (d. 1925), the widow of King Ranch founder Capt. Richard . . . Map (db m192522) HM
11 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — AQHHMP#11 — King Ranch Quarter Horses
In the early 1900s, Richard M. Kleberg Sr., Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Caesar Kleberg entered into an intensive effort to develop a superior ranch horse that had speed, athletic ability, intelligence and cow sense. In 1916, they purchased a . . . Map (db m213762) HM
12 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 12003 — King Star Baptist Church
Early religious activities for African Americans in this area, many of whom arrived as employees of railroad companies, were conducted at a mission station, reportedly located under a mesquite tree, the Rev. William Green, a missionary for the . . . Map (db m208003) HM
13 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 2954 — Kingsville Cotton Mill
Promotional efforts by William D. McNeill (1860-1925) of North Carolina resulted in construction of the Kingsville Cotton Mill on this site in 1921. Interested citizens supported the project with an investment of $150,000. Production began on Feb. . . . Map (db m192517) HM
14 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 2962 — Kleberg County
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15 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 3355 — Mexican Activities at Santa Gertrudis in the 1830's
As a favored camp, important in Mexico's relations with early Texas. Visited June 1832 by Matamoros citizens on their way to compliment Irish settlers with a feast at Banquete Lake, 25 miles to the north. Gen. Juan Urrea camped here Feb. 25, . . . Map (db m193172) HM
16 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 17274 — Presbyterian Pan American School
Mexican-American Presbyterian congregations began to appear in Texas in the last decade of the nineteenth century. With the population increase in Texas following the Mexican Revolution, the Presbyterian Church began to assess the need for . . . Map (db m208750) HM
17 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 4297 — Robert J. Kleberg Public Library
Begun by the Woman's Club in 1909, Kingsville's Public Library was moved to this building in 1927. B. E. Giesecke and A. W. Harris of Austin designed the Spanish colonial revival structure, which was built under the leadership of club president Mrs. . . . Map (db m195683) HM
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18 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 12944 — St. Paul Lutheran Church
Kingsville's St. Paul Lutheran Church grew from early missionary efforts of the Rev. Frederick H. Eickhoff, an Indiana Pastor working for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod of Texas. It began in January 1912 as one of his several charges in the . . . Map (db m167027) HM
19 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 5206 — Taylor Camp Site, 1846
In 1846 Zachary Taylor's army marched from Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande. On March 10, 11, 12, 13, the four regiments in succession camped at this spot on Santa Gertrudis Creek. War with Mexico over the boundary of Texas began soon. The . . . Map (db m117527) HM
20 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 17612 — Texas A&M University-Kingsville
As the state sought to expand its normal college system to train teachers, local Kingsville citizens, such as J.N. Bigbee, Maria Toner, Charles Flato, Claude Pollard, R.J Kleberg, and Caesar Kleberg, demonstrated the town’s suitability for just such . . . Map (db m192500) HM
21 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 2949 — The King Ranch
Richard King (1824-1885), a Rio Grande steamboat captain, bought two Spanish land grants on Santa Gertrudis Creek and founded the legendary King Ranch in 1853. He brought longhorn cattle from Mexico and battled droughts and cattle . . . Map (db m192499) HM
22 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 2955 — The Kingsville Railroad Depot
Styled by standard plans of the builder, the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad Company; erected in 1904 of locally made adobe brick, this structure is one of oldest in Kingsville. It has seen interesting events involving traffic during . . . Map (db m118021) HM
23 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 15278 — U.S. Naval Auxiliary Air Station - Kingsville
Prior to U.S. involvement in World War II, the Naval Expansion Act of 1940 funded the growth of a two-ocean Navy and authorized the expansion of new Naval Air Stations. City of Kingsville officials saw the potential benefits of the creation of a . . . Map (db m211963) HM
24 Texas, Kleberg County, Kingsville — 3134 — Uriah Lott(January 30, 1842 - March 29, 1915)
Merchant, banker, builder of railroads to the Rio Grande. Born in Albany, N.Y. Came to South Texas in 1868. Chartered the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad in 1875. Later, reorganized it as the Texas - Mexican . . . Map (db m118032) HM
25 Texas, Kleberg County, Riviera — 6284 — 1766 Exploration of Diego Ortiz Parilla
First expedition to give detailed descriptions of Texas' offshore islands and to refer to Corpus Christi Bay by its present name. The exploration was ordered by the viceroy of New Spain in the midst of rumors that the English planned to . . . Map (db m118050) HM
26 Texas, Kleberg County, Riviera — 1584 — Civil War Raid From Camp Boveda
On December 23, 1863, Capt. James Speed of General Napoleon J.T. Dana's Brownsville-based Federal Army force raided unguarded King Ranch. Objectives: to capture or kill Captain Richard King and destroy the Confederate cotton trade. King, . . . Map (db m165582) HM
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27 Texas, Kleberg County, Riviera — 2640 — Indian Burial GroundEight Miles East to — (Dietz Archeological Site) —
Centuries old, this burial ground was once used by the primitive Karankawa Indians. A little-known group, this coastal tribe cared for Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca when he was shipwrecked in Texas in 1528. Although previously looted, the site . . . Map (db m165583) HM
28 Texas, Kleberg County, Riviera — 13900 — Riviera Cemetery
This cemetery has served the residents of Riviera since early in the community's history. Riviera was established by Theodore F. Koch, an immigrant from the Netherlands. In 1907, he dedicated land for a burial ground, formally deeding the acreage . . . Map (db m209266) HM
29 Texas, Kleberg County, Riviera — 4282 — Riviera United Methodist Church
On March 27, 1910, three years after Riviera was established, the Rev. C. W. Perkins organized this congregation with 31 charter members. Originally named Riviera Methodist Episcopal Church, South, the fellowship met in a one-room schoolhouse until . . . Map (db m193175) HM
30 Texas, Kleberg County, Riviera — 5588 — U.S. Army March to Rio Grande, 1846Approximate Route of
Battle road of General Zachary Taylor and largest U.S. Army fielded in first half of the 19th century. After annexation of former Republic of Texas was approved in 1845, the United States sent Taylor to occupy area below the Nueces—to . . . Map (db m118051) HM
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May. 30, 2023