The Junction Where Good Friends Meet!
Kenedy Texas, located at the intersection of Highways 181 and 72, is 60 miles southeast of San Antonio, 90 miles north of Corpus Christi, 60 miles northwest of Victoria and along the Highway 181 Corridor that runs through South Texas.
Kenedy was once known as “Six Shooter Junction”. The name depicts the colorful history of this city, as it once was a major stop on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. Many historical sites are located here and marked by historical Markers which give a glimpse of the past.
For those searching for their family roots or those wanting to know more about the history of the area, a trip to the Kenedy library provides an opportunity to examine their great genealogy collection During WW II the Kenedy Alien Detention Camp, was located on the outskirts of town. Check out a book called Camp Kenedy. It was written by a local historian, Mr. Robert Thornhoff and tells how an internment camp was used as a prisoner of war camp.
Over the years Kenedy has had many titles and distinctions. The most recent honor was to be proclaimed by the 77th Texas Legislature, as the Horned Lizard Capital of the World. Visitors can find horned toad gifts and memorabilia in areas stores. From May through November visitors can call the Kenedy Chamber and arrange for a Toadyville tour.
Summer and Fall in Kenedy is bustling with many events. Our Chamber Annual Banquet will be the third Friday of June.
Our city will light up for Christmas on the first Saturday in December as Kenedy joins other cities for the AACOG Christmas Along the Corridor. Also in December the Chamber will have a Christmas Decorating Contest. Our year will
end on December 31st. with our Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show.
Recreation & Attractions
Joe Gulley Park, located just east of Highway 181 on 72, offers a great place for birding, nature trails, picnics, playgrounds and ball fields. A nature area includes an aquatic plant exhibit, nature trails, water features and wildflower
meadow. Additionally, a rock feature for a horned toad habitat is planned. This area is a hunter’s paradise with an abundance of deer, hogs, quail and dove. For the fisherman Kenedy is located only a short distance from a variety of fishing lakes and bay fishing opportunities. The golfer is invited to stop by the County Club and enjoy the nine-hole golf course. Shops located on Main Street and Second Street, house antiques, collectibles, books, an art gallery, gift items, jewelry, Texas style metal art, office needs and furniture. Our three Bed & Breakfast cater to the travelers needs. Many other businesses, shops, motels, RV parks, and restaurants greet you on Highway 181 as you enter Kenedy, now known as “The Junction Where Good Friends Meet”.