Population 25, 719
Established on the Fourth of July 1904 with the arrival of the
first train over St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad; land
for townsite, in the heart of the King Ranch, was donated by Mrs.
Henrietta King. Mrs. King was interested in the settlement of
the region between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. She also constructed
the First Presbyterian Church Building, donated land for Baptist,
Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist churches, built a high school
and presented it to the town, and provided land for South Texas
State Teachers College (now Texas A&I University). Kingsville
became Kleberg County seat in 1913.
Today, the city is the center for agriculture, oil and banking.
Kingsville is also home of the Naval Air Station, Kingsville.
BEN. P. BAILEY ART BUILDING GALLERY
JOHN E. CONNER MUSEUM
KING RANCH MUSEUM
KING RANCH SADDLE SHOP
- BEN. P. BAILEY ART BUILDING GALLERY
- Displays of student and faculty artworks, along with traveling
exhibits. Open long term Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
summer (mid May through mid August) Mon - Thurs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located on Texas A&I University Campus. Call 512-595-3901.
- JOHN E. CONNER MUSEUM - Hall of
South Texas History has displays of Indian, Spanish, Mexican,
and pioneer Texan cultures; ranching and agriculture equipment,
railroads, and land promotion. Gallery of changing exhibits, Kleberg
Hall of Natural History features equipment, railroads, and land
promotion. Gallery of changing exhibits, Kleberg Hall of Natural
History features plants and animals of South Texas in natural
habitats; Discovery Area has specimens for "hands-on"
examination. Open Tues to Sat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Next door
is Peeler Hall of Horns featuring 264 mounts of North American
Game. Open Tues - Sat from 1 - 5 p.m. Located at Santa Gertrudis
Street on campus of Texas A&I just west of Armstrong Street.
- KING RANCH - The largest ranch
in the continental U.S.; established in 1853 when Capt. Richard
King purchased 75,000 acres that had been Spanish land grant called
Santa Gertrudis. Upon King's death, Mrs. Henrietta King inherited
the estate along with a $500,000 debt. Through her leadership,
the debt was cleared and the ranch increased in size. Holdings
today comprise some 825,000 acres spreading over Nueces, Kenedy,
Kleberg, and Willacy Counties. Robert J. Kleberg, attorney and
legal counsel for early ranch, married Captain King's youngest
daughter; King-Kleberg descendants still control the gigantic
enterprise. Famous Running W brand is known worldwide; however,
its origin is not known. Originally based on Texas Longhorns,
the ranch led in introducing purebred cattle such as Hereford,
Shorthorn, and Brahman. Now famous Santa Gertrudis breed, first
strain of cattle originating in Western Hemisphere was developed
here. Guided tours stop at the old cow camp for pan de campo
and coffee, a walk through historic set of cattle pens, and a
view of ranch headquarters. Tours usually conducted fro Monday
to Saturday on the hour.. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday fro 1 to 4
p.m. Tours may vary during the summer. Entrance is immediately
west of Kingsville off Texas 141. An admission is charged. Call
- KING RANCH MUSEUM -is
located in a restored downtown ice plant, museum features excellent
ranch photos by the award-winning photographer, Toni Frissell.
Also collections of antique coaches, vintage cars, saddles, and
other historic ranch items. Open Mon. to Sat. from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Located at 405 North Sixth St.
An admission is charged. Call 512-595-1881.
- KING RANCH SADDLE SHOP -
Unsuccessful in purchasing quality saddles and leather goods in
the marketplace, King began operating its own saddlery shop more
than 120 years ago for use of his men, the "Kinenos."
Through the years, the shop has outfitted governors, presidents,
and foreign heads of state. Today the shop offers a variety of
leather goods. Open from Mon to Fri from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat
from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. In historic Raglands Building downtown at
201 E Kleberg. Call 512-595-5761 or 1-800-282-KING.
- PARKS - City parks include swimming
pools, tennis courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Dick Kleberg
Park, 211 acres in grove of trees beside a lazy creek, features
picnic tables, grills, swimming pool. Loop 428 near south edge
of the city. Call 512-595-8591.
- J.K. Northway Exposition Center/Park has tennis courts, ball
fields, and playground. Off U.S. 77 at south edge of the city.
- Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Park & Sea Wind RV Resort, Rivera
Beach, and Loyola Beach are saltwater recreational areas on upper
reaches of Baffin Bay southeast f Kingsville. Baffin Bay opens
into Laguna Madre along Gulf Coast, renowned for saltwater trout
and red drum fishing. Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Park & Sea Wind
RV Resort has boat ramp, 134 unit campground, fishing pier, and
other amenities. Call 512-297-5738. Fishing pier and bait and
tackle shop is also available at the Rivera Beach Park. Located
on U.S., 77 south, access to parks via F.M. 628 and F.M. 771.
- SELLERS MARKET - The marketplace
features handmade treasures, home baked goods, crafts, painting,
jewelry, workshops, demonstrations, and a tearoom. Located at
205 East Kleberg, under the old Flato Opera House. Call 512-595-4992.
- VISITORS CENTERS - For information
on city attractions, accommodations, and events, visit the area
visitor bureau. Located at U.S. 77 at Corrall Street. Mon thru
Sat from, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 1-800-333-5032
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