Kennedy, Texas

Kennedy, Texas

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

A small depot was built at the Y at Kenedy Junction, one branch continuing toward Corpus Christi, the other toward Houston. In 1887 a new depot was built as a part of the new Railroad Hotel, which also included a lunchroom known as the Beanery. The first post office was temporarily located at the hotel building until the old Daileyville store and post office was moved from Daileyville to the southeast corner of Block One. W. E. Thulemeyer, who was instrumental in settling the Kenedy-Lenz area with German farmers from Fayette County, established a cotton gin at Kenedy in 1891. The first residence was built by George Little. Other early settlers were J. M. Nichols, J. D. Nichols, W. G. Butler, and L. D. Young.

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

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Kenedy is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Kenedy is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [-Junction]
  • (Six Shooter Junction)


Latitude: 28.81568160
Longitude: -97.85103800

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Kenedy by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
3,473 2020 United States Census Bureau
3,525 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,296 2010 United States Census Bureau
3,487 2000 United States Census Bureau
3,763 1990 United States Census Bureau
4,356 1980 United States Census Bureau
4,156 1970 United States Census Bureau
4,301 1960 United States Census Bureau
4,234 1950 United States Census Bureau
2,891 1940 United States Census Bureau
2,610 1930 United States Census Bureau
2,015 1920 United States Census Bureau
1,147 1910 United States Census Bureau