Kaufman Population- 6,887  Altitude 440


First settled in 1840 by forty families led by Dr. William P. King, from Mississippi, who purchased land and built a fort on a hilltop that overlooked his new home.  This became known as King's Fort.  As the community grew, the name changed to Kingsboro.   In 1846 when the state established Henderson County, Kingsboro became part of that county.  In 1848, land was taken from Henderson county to establish Kaufman County, named for David S. Kaufman.  Three years later the community became the county seat and renamed itself for the county. 

Just southeast of the Metroplex (the Dallas / Fort Worth areas and their surrounding suburbs), Kaufman has prospered from a diversified economy.  The city bills itself as the Red Tail hawk capital of Texas.

Historic buildings dot the town square.  Visitors can stop by the Chamber of Commerce at  107 North Jackson Street for additional information on accommodations, dining, and events.

For information, call 972/ 932-3118.

Bed and Breakfast accommodations available in the city.

City Lakes and Parks -

Two local lakes complement the scenery for this city park.  Fishing, camping, picnic sites, and a group pavilion are available.  Located 1.5 miles north of the town square on U.S. 84.

Also near Kaufman is Cedar Creek lake.

For information, call 972/ 932-2216.

Dream Lake Ski Ranch -

Visitors can learn to slalom, ski barefoot, jump and trick ski from beginners through competition on this private, man-made ski lake.  Spend a day or a week.   Accommodations available, including club house access.

Open daily May 1 - Labor Day 8a.m. - sundown.

For information, call 972/ 452-3488


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