Kingston, Texas

Coordinates: 33°15′10″N 96°10′36″W / 33.25278°N 96.17667°W / 33.25278; -96.17667
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Kingston, Texas
Kingston is located in Texas
Kingston is located in the United States
Coordinates: 33°15′10″N 96°10′36″W / 33.25278°N 96.17667°W / 33.25278; -96.17667
CountryUnited States
633 ft (193 m)
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central)
GNIS feature ID1374385[1]

Kingston is an unincorporated community located in Hunt County, Texas, United States.[1] Kingston is probably best known as the birthplace of Audie Murphy.[2]


Kingston is located 10 miles north of Greenville on U.S. Route 69, 3 miles south of Celeste.[3]


The community originated in 1880 as a depot on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad when tracks were extended from Denison to Greenville.[3] In return for donated land, the railroad granted to Nick Hodges the naming rights. He selected "Kingston" in honor of the location where his Confederate unit had surrendered.[3] The population increase was so rapid that before the end of 1880 the community had a post office. A newspaper named the Kingston Beacon was begun two years later. At the very end of the century a college was located in town.[3] By 1890 the population had reached 600 individuals and boasted several commercial and social establishments, but it began to decline after the town refused to give a bonus to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in order to bring that rail line through the town. By 1914 the population had halved. The post office was shut down in 1930. By 1947 the population had halved again, bringing down the total to 150. In 2000 the population of Kingston was 140.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Kingston". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 30, 1979. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Durham, W. O. (2007). From Kittyhawk to the Moon: The Life, Times and Heritage of a Texas Oilman. Vantage Press, Inc. p. 339. ISBN 9780533154357.
  3. ^ a b c d e Maxwell, Lisa C. (June 15, 2010). "KINGSTON, TX". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved March 19, 2015.