Municipal Archives

City of Kleberg, 1956-1978

​Collection 1991-064


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Kleberg, Texas
TitleCity of Kleberg
Quantity3.75 linear feet
AbstractTypescript and manuscript minutes and correspondence, printed material.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

The Dallas, Texas, neighborhood that is the site of the former town of Kleberg is located just south of Balch Springs, southeast of the intersection of the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway (Loop 635) and U.S. Interstate 175. It dates to the 1840s as a farming community but boomed after the Texas Trunk Railroad made it a stop in the 1880s. It was platted in 1899 and later served as a home to workers on the ill-fated attempt to build locks on the Trinity River. Kleberg’s population varied from a few hundred during most of its lifetime to 4,510 towards the end. 

The town finally attempted self-governance and incorporated in 1956, providing water and fire to its citizens, but hard pressed to offer other services. Kleberg also had the distinction of once being the largest town in Texas without a property tax. After increases in rates for electricity and other services crippled the town, Kleberg was faced with the possibility of consolidation or annexation.

At a Kleberg City Council meeting in October 1977, the mayor voiced his support for consolidation. After citizens spoke both in favor and against, Councilman W. Reid Russell was reported in the minutes as saying that “we have a lot of people that want to be heard and the only way they can be heard is on the ballot.” The election was held on January 21, 1978, with a vote of 559 to 342 in favor of consolidation. The town was merged with Dallas on April 3, 1978.
In spite of Kleberg’s legal dissolution, its identity is still intact, as evidenced by such things as the Kleberg Neighborhood Alliance and the presence of a state historical marker. Vestiges of Kleberg today include Kleberg Park, Jones-Bailey Cemetery, and Kleberg Road. 

The collection contains the minutes, correspondence of the Kleberg Town Council, planning and zoning documents, reports, and the original civil and criminal ordinances of the Town of Kleberg, Texas.


The collection is arranged by planning, minutes, ordinances, and elections.  


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


City of Kleberg, 1956-1978 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1991-110—Town of Preston Hollow, 1939-1945

Index Terms

Annexation (Municipal government) -- Texas -- Dallas
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Kleberg (Dallas, Tex.)

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Planning Board Handwritten notebook, May 18 1959-March 18, 1963
 2Planning and Zoning Board, 1959-1969
 3Planning and Zoning Board, 1970-1974
 4Planning and Zoning Board, 1974-1978
 5Proposed Zoning Changes Updated
 6"C-1" Commercial District Regulations
 7Zoning Mobile Home Parks, 1969
 8Planning sketches
 9Ledger for electric permits, plumbing permits, building permits, water permits, zoning change applications, and Lions building rent, 1968-1970
 10Federal Assistance in Outdoor Recreation
 11General Fund Budget, 1969
 12Financial Report - Sanitation Department, 1969
 14Letter Resignation from William R. Ellis, undated
 15City Officials 1974
 16Resolution to Comply with Voting Rights Act Amendment of 1975, Public Law 94-73, 1976
 17Real Estate Release from Seagoville State Bank, July 1978
 18Statement of Financial Condition, April 3, 1978
 19Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, A Guide to Obtaining Discretionary Funds for Small Cities
 20"701" Comprehensive Planning Assistance Texas Department of Community Affairs Divisions of Comprehensive Planning
  City Council Minutes
21October 10, 1956 through May 9, 1961
 2June 13, 1961 through July 14, 1964
 3August 25, 1964 through March 14, 1966
3Item 1[City Council Minutes] Bound Volume
 Folder 1Miscellaneous pages for 1969
 2August 26, 1968 - January 26, 1970
 3February 9, 1970 - July 26, 1971
 4July 29, 1971 - October 9, 1972
  City Council Minutes
4Item 1Bound Volume
 Folder 1October 8, 1973 - March 10, 1975
 2March 10, 1975 - December 27, 1976
 Item 2Bound Volume
  City Code
51Code of Ordinances Adopted February 11, 1974, effective march 1, 1974
 2Code of Ordinances - copy 2
61Index to Ordinances
 2Ordinances #102-110
 3Ordinances #111-125
 4Ordinance #126 - Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, 1959
 5Ordinance #127-135
 6Ordinance #136 - Annexation of a portion of Kleberg into Dallas, 1962
 7Ordinance #141-150 - includes some annexation of 1964
 8Ordinances #151-153; #155-165
 9Ordinances #166-180
 10Ordinances #181-190
 11Ordinances #191-200
 12Ordinances #201-220
 13Ordinances #221-240
 14Ordinances #241-260
 15Ordinances #261-273
 16Ordinances #274-286
 17Ordinances #287-300.
71Ordinances #301-315
 2Ordinances #315-340
 3Ordinances #341-353
 4Ordinances #354-365
81Incorporation, June 2, 1956
 2Election, April 6, 1968
 3Election - blank forms
 4Proposed Home Rule Charter, September 23, 1969
 5Home Rule Election, 1969
 6Home Rule Election, 1969
 7April 1970
 8April 1971
 9April 1971
 10Special Election, Home Rule Charter, 1971
 2April 1975
 3April 1975
 9Instructions for voting machines
 11Consolidation with the City of Dallas, 1978
 12Blank Form