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Kenedy County, Texas

Kenedy County on U.S. Highway 77 south of Corpus Christi in the Rio Grande Plain region of South Texas, is bordered by Kleberg County on the north, the Gulf of Mexico on the east, Willacy County on the south, and Hidalgo and Brooks counties on the west.

Cities, Towns & Communities

Armstrong | Norias | Rudolph | Sarita - county seat | Turcotte

Courthouse

The Kenedy County Courthouse is a brick, three-story Classic Revival Style building with jail, designed by Henry Truman Phelps. The structure, began in 1917, was originally built as the Willacy County Courthouse but became the Kenedy County Courthouse when Kenedy County was created out of Willacy County in 1921.

Kenedy County Courthouse
County Clerk - Veronica Vela
151 Mallory
Sarita, TX 78385
Phone: 361-294-5220
Fax: 361-294-5218

Kenedy County Government Website

Inventory of county records, Kenedy County Courthouse, Sarita, Texas, from the Portal to Texas History.

History

Kenedy County was organized and created 2 April 1921 when Willacy, Hidalgo, and Cameron counties reorganized.

Kenedy County, Created April 2, 1921 out of Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo counties. Named for Mifflin Kenedy 1818-1895, sent to Texas in 1846 on United States Army supply boats, commercial navigator of the Rio Grande 1848-1860. Sarita is the county seat.  Historical Marker Text, 1939.  Marker Location: from Sarita, take US 77 N about 3 miles.

Kenedy County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

The King Ranch, 1957, 2 volumes, by Tom Lea.

Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1917, reprinted 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.

Location

Sarita, TX 27° 13' 18.1632" N, 97° 47' 20.9832" W