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Re: Old Kleberg Cemetery???? Kleberg,Tx HELP
Posted by: Tommy D. Wiggins Date: September 09, 2001 at 20:34:29
In Reply to: Old Kleberg Cemetery???? Kleberg,Tx HELP by Dian Oberlechner of 1986

The following is from "The Handbook of Texas"

KLEBERG, TEXAS. 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.qv 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.

Around 1900 the United States government awarded $2 million for
improvements on the Trinity River. As the closest point to Lock No.
2, Kleburg housed the 100 people employed by Bell and Carder to
work on the lock. A devastating flood in 1908 washed the locks
away, and, although work resumed several months later, in 1915 the
funding was withdrawn and the project abandoned as unfeasible. In
1915 a red brick schoolhouse and a railroad depot were constructed
at Kleburg, and the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, which had
taken over the Texas Trunk Railway, ran through town twice a day.
The town had a population of 300, telephone connections, the
Farmers and Merchants Bank, two blacksmiths, the Kleburg Gin
Company, and several general and specialty stores. The downtown
section was destroyed by fire in 1920, and only portions were
rebuilt. The name of the post office was changed from Kleburg to
Kleberg in 1929. By the mid-1920s the population was 350, where
it remained until the 1940s, when it began to drop; it reached a low
of 170 in 1947. Kleberg was incorporated in 1956 and instituted a
few city services. Water was provided from Dallas County Water
District 7, dial telephones were installed, and a new fire truck was
purchased. Plans for a new city hall, a sewerage system, and a zoning
ordinance were developed but never implemented. In 1970 Kleburg
had a population of 4,510 and three businesses. The only industry
was a cement company. The community was consolidated with
Dallas on April 3, 1978. At the time, it was the largest town in Texas
without a property tax.

The Kleberg Cemetery is located at the intersection of Kleberg Road and Woody Road.


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