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IRVING, TEXAS

Dallas County, Central Texas North

32° 49' 0" N, 96° 57' 0" W (32.816667, -96.95)
State Highway 183
12 miles West of Dallas
Population: 242,242 Est. (2018)
216,290 (2010) 191,615 (2000) 155,037 (1990)

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Irving TX Depot

Heritage Park Depot
(See Irving Depot Historical Marker)
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Gorbit, Irving had a post office under that name from 1889 to 1894.

In 1894 they moved the post office in anticipation of a proposed railroad and the name was changed to Kit – for reasons lost to history. The railroad line arrived, but not where they were expecting it.

A timeline of significant events in Irving’s history:

1894: Under the name of Kit, the town had two gins, a blacksmith shop, general store and churches.
1902: Julius Schulze and Otis Brown promote another location closer to the railroad and donate land for a depot. According to legend, Mrs. Brown was given the honor of naming the town. She named it after the author Washington Irving.
1904: The former Kit post office moves to Irving
1909: the Kit and Lively schools became the core units of the Irving district schools.
1912: The town had a population of 500
1914: Irving was incorporated
1925: the population was 357
1950: the population was 2,575

Irving Heritage Park:

Irving Tx - Heritage Park Clock Tower

Clock Tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Irving Tx - Heritage Park Cabin

Heritage Park Cabin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Irving TX Heritage Park Depot Marker

Heritage Park Depot Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Irving Tx - Heritage Park Caboose

Caboose
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Irving Tx - Heritage Park Water Tank

Water Tank
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Historic Cemeteries:

For more historic attractions, visit the historic Kit Cemetery & Sowers Cemetery.

Irving TX - Kit Cemetery, Edna Lindenblatt Tombstone
Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010
Kit Cemetery
Irving TX  Sowers Cemetery Tombstone
Photo courtesy David Cole, 2010
Sowers Cemetery
Irving, Texas Attractions
  • Dallas Cowboys Football Club/Texas Stadium

  • Las Colinas Complex

  • Irving Hotels

    Irving Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: 1-800-2-Irving
    Website: www.irvingtexas.com
    Contact the visitors and convention bureau for a complete list of attractions.

  • Irving Chronicles

  • Longest Moustache Cartoon by Roger T. Moore

  • Irving, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Irving, Texas
    As I understand it, part of Irving's growth came from swallowing up others.

    I'm attaching some photos of the cemetery for Kit. The markers provide information.

    Annexing: for example, Shady Grove is a name of a major street in South Irving now but there was a city.

    I don't think you'll find Shady Grove on any maps...I can't find the site, but as I recall Irving agreed to provide police and fire services that Grand Prairie would not, so Shady Grove decided to become part of Irving.

    Union Bower, TX was another city but now it's a road in Irving

    Sowers, TX is another. My GPS actually indicated I was in Sowers so perhaps it survives as some legal entity. I'm attaching some photos of the Sowers Cemetery. "Story" is a major road here and sure enough, there are people with that name in the cemetery.

    Thanks for the website!
    - David Cole-Proudly serving the world since 1963
    October 09, 2011

  • Dallas County TX 1920s Map
    Dallas County TX 1920s Map showing Irving
    (Above "DA" in "DALLAS")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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