Three Counties Celebrate Centennials in 2013


Three Texas counties are celebrating their 100-year anniversaries this year: Jim Hogg, Kleberg and Real.


The Jim Hogg County Courthouse, built in 1913, is the only courthouse the county has ever had. Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia. 
To celebrate its establishment, the Jim Hogg County Historical Commission and the Museum Foundation of Hebbronville created a Centennial Book to compile a wealth of area historical information. The county also dedicated a monument to its veterans on Jan. 11 and is planning a Centennial Gala for June 15 at the Jim Hogg County Fair Pavilion. The gala will include a wine reception, dinner, dance and the Rockin H Band. More information about the county, its history and its centennial celebrations is available via the Jim Hogg County website at


The Kleberg County Courthouse. Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia. 
Kleberg County had its first election on June 27, 1913. The county was originally part of Nueces County (originally part of San Patricio County). Its county seat is in Kingsville, and the county’s history includes that of the 825,000-acre King Ranch. According to The Handbook of Texas, “a surveyor employed by the ranch laid out the town of Kingsville three miles east of the ranch headquarters.” The county was named for Robert Justice Kleberg, whose son managed the ranch.  

The Real County Courthouse. Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia.
Real County officials and community leaders have planned a year-long celebration for the centennial, as well as a “Where in the World is Real County?” campaign that includes T-shirts and a pride-focused photo campaign: “Where in the World Did You Wear Your Real County Centennial T-shirt?” The campaign is “devoted to spreading the word of our upcoming celebration” by wearing the T-shirt around the world and submitting a photo to the Real County Centennial website at One photo shows the T-shirt worn at the Great Wall of China. Celebratory events include historical tours of Camp Wood, Pioneer Days on the Mountain, the July Jubilee, a soap box derby, a parade, a tamale fest and the burial of a time capsule.