Captain Fergus Kyle founded the region in 1881 because he was attracted to the international-Great railroad line and much of the town's architecture and activities centered on the rail industry. Katherine Anne Porter, a Pulitzer Prize winner, called Kyle home from 1892 to 1901. Her short story anthology "Noon Wire," along with a number of other works, was placed in Kyle and surrounding communities. Her legacy is still clearly visible in the town. Her home, a restored writer's residence, has been made available to the public via appointment, and The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center holds a number of activities and events and attracts a variety of visiting writers. Kyle residents can enjoy author readings and conversations regularly. There are a variety of additional remaining historical landmarks that can be seen in the center of town.

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Located in Hays County, Kyle, Texas is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the state. As of the 2012 census, the city has grown to a population of 30,875 and is currently the state's 100th biggest community. The area is largely family focused with a low crime-rate and tight knit suburban neighborhoods. The community largely consists of detached single-family homes and only has a small percentage of other housing options including mobile homes and condos. A large number of the homes in the community have been built after 2000 and offer modern design and amenities.

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