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map of Kaufman County
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Physical Features: North Blackland prairie, draining to Trinity River; Cedar Creek Reservoir, Lake Ray Hubbard and Terrell City Lake.

Economy: Varied manufacturing, trade center, government/services, antiques center, commuting to Dallas.

locator map for Kaufman County

History: Caddo and later Cherokee Indians in the area; removed by 1840 when Anglo-American settlement began. County created from Henderson County and organized, 1848; named for member of Texas and U.S. congresses D.S. Kaufman.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 65.8; Black, 11.0; Hispanic, 20.5; Asian, 1.2; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,527; deaths, 897; marriages, 669; divorces, 358.

Recreation: Lake activities; Porter Farm near Terrell is site of origin of U.S.-Texas Agricultural Extension program; antique centers near Forney; historic homes at Terrell.

Minerals: Gravel, sand, oil, gas.

Agriculture: Cattle, forages, nursery crops, horses, soybeans, corn. Market value $59 million.

KAUFMAN (7,094) county seat; government/services, manufacturing and distribution, commuters to Dallas; hospital; Octoberfest.

TERRELL (17,131) agribusiness, varied manufacturing, outlet center; private hospital, state hospital; community college, Southwestern Christian College; British flying school museum, Heritage Jubilee in April.

FORNEY (18,915) important antiques center, light industrial, commuters to Dallas, historic homes, Jackrabbit Stampede bike race in September.

Other towns include: Combine (2,121, partly in Dallas County); Cottonwood (201); Crandall (2,983) Cotton Festival in September; Elmo (859); Grays Prairie (364); Kemp (1,231); Lawrence (259); Mabank (3,279, partly in Henderson County) varied manufacturing, tourism, retail trade, Western Week in June; Oak Grove (672); Oak Ridge (588); Post Oak Bend (696); Rosser (362); Scurry (740); Talty (1,967).

Prairie near Gastonia

The prairie near Gastonia. Photo by Robert Plocheck.