Established in 1895 in east central Jasper County, the city was named for John Henry Kirby, who, along with R.P. Allen, laid out the town site.
The town is in the middle of national and state forests, as well as the Big Thicket National Preserve. Birding is popular in the area. Residents salute the forests with the Magnolia Festival each April.
Big Bend National Park Area
Ranches & Rodeos
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