Kyle (HM290G)

Location: Kyle, TX 78640 Hays County
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N 29° 59.297', W 97° 52.613'

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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 Field at Texas A&M University is named in his honor.
HM NumberHM290G
Year Placed1980
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 608338 N 3318017
Decimal Degrees29.98828333, -97.87688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 59.297', W 97° 52.613'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 59' 17.82" N, 97° 52' 36.78" W
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Area Code(s)512, 361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135 S Burleson St, Kyle TX 78640, US
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