Kemp City Park Time Capsule - Kemp, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 26.523 W 096° 13.877
14S E 760300 N 3592810
Quick Description: A time capsule is near the base of the Texas Historical Marker at the front of Kemp City Park, between Old Kaufman Rd and W 10th St, Kemp, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/23/2015 3:21:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMNDVY
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

Long Description:
There is a little bit of landscaping here around the flagpoles, and it appears to be very easy to bury the time capsule's sign. This one is a little special, given the year it was buried:

Bi-Centennial
Time Capsule
Program
Nov. 20, 1976
To be opened
July 4, 2076

The Texas Historical Marker provides a little background about the city of Kemp:

This community can trace its origins to 1851, when the U.S. Postal Service approved a station named Kemp with Levi Noble as first postmaster. In the years prior to the Civil War, Kemp was primarily an agricultural community, providing goods and services for the surrounding farm families. Itinerant Presbyterian preacher R.O. Watkins settled near Kemp about 1855 and in 1867 began the Kemp Academy to provide a strong educational center for the schoolchildren in the area.

It was the construction of the Texas Trunk Railroad in the 1880s, however, that boosted Kemp's growth and development. The Texas Trunk was built to connect Dallas with points east and south and later became part of the Texas and New Orleans Rail Line. As the tracks reached Kaufman (10 mi. N) in 1881, the county surveyor was laying out a town plat for Kemp along the projected rail line. By 1882, one year before the railroad even reached Kemp, the community boasted two dry goods stores, a drugstore, grocery, saloon, saddle shop, barbershop, blacksmith, three church congregations and a steam gin and mill.

Although the actual date of Kemp's incorporation has not been determined, it is known that the citizens voted to abolish their incorporation in 1910 and then elected to reincorporate in 1922. Kemp continued to grow, serving as a trade center for the surrounding farms and ranches. Although the end of World War II signaled a shift in the population to more urban areas, Kemp remains an important community in the history of Kaufman County.

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