Kennedy, Texas

Kennedy, Texas

Downtown view of Kenedy, a town located in south central Karnes County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Kenedy is on U.S. Highway 181 and State Highway 72 four miles south of Karnes City in southwestern Karnes County. Its site was part of a royal Spanish land grant made to Carlos Martínez in 1788. The community was established in 1886 on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway, on a tract of land bought by Mifflin Kenedy from George W. Little that year. It was named Kenedy Junction in honor of Kenedy, the chief benefactor of the SA&AP. The post office at Kenedy Junction was established on March 27, 1887; its name was shortened to Kenedy on June 21, 1887.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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  • (Six Shooter Junction)


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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
3,525 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,296 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,487 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,763 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,356 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,156 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,301 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,234 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,891 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,610 1930 Texas Demographic Center
2,015 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,147 1910 Texas Demographic Center