Introduction to Kirby, Texas
Kirby, Texas, in Bexar county, is 7 miles E of San Antonio, Texas. Part of the surrounding San Antonio metro area, the city is not isolated and is home to some 8,673 residents.
In the early 1900's, Kirby was founded by German immigrants as an agricultural community. The area mostly consisted of farmers in 1920, and German was the language commonly spoken. The city was named the Kirby yard that belonged to the Southern Pacific Railroad which passed through the town. In the 1950's, many people who worked in the Randolph AFB settled in Kirby which changed the population from largely agricultural to military. The city was incorporated in 1955. Many farm failures were caused by a two-year long drought which began in 1957. Farmers sold their agricultural land to the city which led to the development of roads and homes which enabled the city to grow to what it is today.
Kirby and Nearby Attractions
- Hertzberg Circus Collection and Museum
- SeaWorld San Antonio
- San Pedro Park
- Spanish Governor's Palace
- San Antonio Zoo
- Hill Country State Natural Area
Things To Do In Kirby
There are several parks near Kirby including Guadalupe River State Park, San Pedro Park, and Hill Country State Natural Area. Guadalupe River State Park has an equestrian trail, camping grounds, hiking trains, and it also provides opportunities for canoeing, swimming, tubing, and fishing. Texas Air Museum, which is located some distance from Graham, has exhibits that tell the story of avaition, its early days, and modern advancements. Other museums nearby are San Antonio Museum of Art, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, Buckhorn Hall of Horns, and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Casa Navarro State Historic Site, which is the home of political leader and signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Jose Antonio Navarro, is a popualr place of historical significance.
San Antonio International Airport is a major airport close to Graham.
Kirby Higher Education
Colleges near Kirby include San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, and Trinity University.