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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: Agriculture, commuting to Dallas, government/services.

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 in 1848; named for member of Texas and U.S. congresses D.S. Kaufman.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 59.8; Black, 13.9; Hispanic, 23.3; Asian, 1.5; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 2.2.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,539; deaths, 897; marriages, 686; divorces, 380.

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: Beef cattle, horticulture, hay/forage, row crops, horses. Market value $57 million.

KAUFMAN (7,565) county seat; government/services, manufacturing and distribution, commuters to Dallas; hospital; Octoberfest.

TERRELL (18,120) agribusiness, varied manufacturing, outlet center; private hospital, state hospital; community college, Southwestern Christian College; British flying school museum, Heritage Jubilee in April.

FORNEY (25,371) important antiques center, light industrial, commuters to Dallas, historic homes, barbecue cook-off in June.

Other towns include: Combine (2,211, partly in Dallas County); Cottonwood (215); Crandall (3,477) Cotton Festival in September; Elmo (865); Grays Prairie (378); Kemp (1,268); Lawrence (259); Mabank (4,093, partly in Henderson County) varied manufacturing, tourism, retail trade, Western Week in June; Oak Grove (702); Oak Ridge (661); Post Oak Bend (688); Rosser (382); Scurry (772); Talty (2,664).

A small part of Mesquite, mostly in Dallas County.

Prairie near Gastonia

The prairie near Gastonia. Photo by Robert Plocheck.