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De Kalb Texas

The City of De Kalb is located in western Bowie County in Upper East Texas on U.S. Highways 82 and 259, west of New Boston and east of Clarksville.

It is one of the oldest settlements in Bowie County, dating back to about 1835. When the Texas and Pacific (T&P) Railway was built through the county in 1876, De Kalb became a station on the rail line and began to grow.

De Kalb City Limit

City of De Kalb

De Kalb Economic Development Corporation

De Kalb Chamber of Commerce

Bowie County

De Kalb Independent School District

Population 1699x residents in the 2020 Federal Census
Area Code 903 and 430
Zip Code 75559


Interactive Map of De Kalb Texas (courtesy of Google)

Map of Upper East Texas

Map of East Texas


Wright Patman Lake

Scene on Wright Patman Lake in East Texas
Scene on Wright Patman Lake

Wright Patman lake is on the Sulphur River in Bowie and Cass counties, southeast of De Kalb. Its surface area covers 18,994 acres, and features a maximum depth of 40 feet. It was impounded in 1956.

White bass are very popular at Wright Patman, with high numbers of quality-size fish available for harvest. Crappie are also popular at Wright Patman, with large numbers of legal-size fish available. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains nine parks around Wright Patman Lake. These parks provide lake access for boating, swimming, and fishing; as well as camping, picnicking, hiking, equestrian trails, and other outdoor activities. Atlanta State Park is also located on the south shore of the lake.

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Other Upper East Texas Attractions

While visiting the De Kalb area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

    • Jefferson - antiques, Jay Gould's railroad car, Jefferson Carnegie Library, steam train rides, steamboats on Caddo Lake, B&Bs
    • Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
    • Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
    • Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
    • Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
    • Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
    • Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
    • Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
    • Henderson - Heritage Syrup Festival, Howard Dickinson House Museum, Depot Museum, antique shopping, Historic Downtown Square