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Texas Travel Directory: Kyle, Texas Attractions Guide
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Kyle, Texas
Recreation & Attractions

Katherine Ann Porter House

Katherine Ann Porter House
The is the childhood home of Katherine Anne Porter, one of the most outstanding American women authors. At the age of two, her mother died and the family came to the City of Kyle, Texas to live with her grandmother who they affectionately called "Aunt Kat". At age six, Katherine Anne wrote her first novel. At 71, she wrote her second novel which earned a million dollars, The Pulitzer Prize, and worldwide recognition. She placed the locale of seven of her award-winning short stories around Kyle, Texas. She died at the age of 90. In 2000, the building was given a face-lift, and a museum and write in residence was added.

Kyle Hanging Tree
Kyle Hanging Tree
Sometime in the late 1840s cowboys from the Kyle ranch were rounding up stray cattle when they discovered a man's body hanging from a limb of a large live oak tree. Not knowing his identity, they cut the body down and buried it beneath the tree in an unmarked grave. In the book Famous Tree of Texas, there is a picture and story of this tree, which became known as the "hanging tree". The tree is located in the City of Kyle, Texas Cemetary, and marked the first grave to be put there.

The City of Kyle cemetery was used as a community burial ground many years before the founding of the town in 1880. It is currently the oldest burial ground still in use in Hays County. In 1853, Colonel Kyle and his wife Lucy Bugg Kyle donated 15 acres surrounding a large oak tree.

Claiborne Kyle Log House
Claiborne Kyle Log House
The Claiborne Kyle Log House was built in 1850 by slave labor for Claiborne and Lucy Bugg Kyle and their nine children. The log house is built of cedar logs, square notched at the corners and secured by wooden pegs. Alternate courses of log and rock grouting and caliche were used. The 10 by 6 dogtrot opens between two double room sections; a huge stone fireplace divides the rooms of each section. The Kyle house is a most unusual type known as the "linear four-pen dog trot". On May 28, 1981, the Claiborne Kyle Log House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Texas Historical Marker was dedicated in 1982.

Kyle Auction Oak
The Auction Oak is the name given to this beautiful tree by Ann Miller Storm when the author of Famous Tress of Texas asked her about famous trees in Kyle, Texas. It was under this tree that the auction of town lots was held in 1880. An official Texas Historical Marker was dedicated in 1975. The Auction Oak is on the East side of four city blocks deeded by the railroad for a school.

Fergus Kyle Tombstone
This is the headstone of Fergus Kyle and his wife. The city was named for Fergus due to the large amount of land donated for a town site in 1880 when the rail route between Austin and San Antonio was laid.

Central Texas Speedway
You can find fast and furious fun for the whole family at Central Texas Speedway, a local track in Kyle, Texas. Central Texas Speedway features several classes of cars in extreme side-by-side racing. The track is one of Texas’ best 3/8-mile, asphalt oval, short tracks and there’s not one bad seat in the house. CTS is also a one-of-a-kind concert venue with many options. For more information, please visit their website.

Kyle is located within miles of 6 of the Top 10 Natural Attractions in Texas.

Natural Attractions of Texas History:

Enchanted Rock Vanderpool, Texas
Inner Space Cavern Boerne, Texas
Lost Maples Longhorn Caverns
Fredricksburg, Texas Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch - San Antonio
Georgetown, Texas Natural Bridge Caverns
Cascade Caverns Wonder World - San Marcos
Burnet, Texas Texas Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Barton Springs - Austin  

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Kyle, Texas 78640

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