Kyle is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States. The population was 28,016 in the 2010 census and estimated to be 48,393 in 2019. Kyle is one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas.The town was established on July 24, 1880, when David E. Moore and Fergus Kyle (for whom the town was named) deeded 200 acres for a townsite to the International-Great Northern Railroad. The new town drew residents and businesses from Mountain City, three miles west, and Blanco, four miles west. Tom Martin operated the first business in Kyle. The community’s population exceeded 500 by 1882 but later declined. Kyle was incorporated in 1928 as a general-law city with a mayor and five council members.
In 1937 Mary Kyle Hartson, daughter of Fergus Kyle, was elected mayor by a write-in vote. In the early 1940s Kyle was noted as the only Texas town with an all-woman government. From 1892 to 1901, Kyle was the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Anne Porter. Many of her most famous short stories, such as “Noon Wine”, are set in locations in and around Kyle. Her former home is now a writer’s residence open to the public by appointment. The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center hosts readings by visiting writers. Juan Antonio “Sonny” Falcón sold the first fajita taco in September 1969 at a concession booth at a Diez & Seis celebration in Kyle.
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