County Seat - Sarita
Kenedy County Courthouse
Kenedy County (S-17), on U.S. Highway 77 south of Corpus
Christi in the Rio Grande Plain region of South Texas, was
named for pioneer rancher Mifflin
It 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. The center point of the
county is 26°55' north latitude and 97°40' west longitude.
Sarita, in northern Kenedy County, is the county seat and
largest town. Other communities include Armstrong, Turcotte,
Norias, and Rudolph. The county comprises 1,389 square
miles, with elevations ranging from sea level to 100 feet.
The soils are generally sandy with areas of light-colored
loamy surfaces over very deep reddish or mottled clayey
subsoils. Along the Gulf Coast the soils are sandy and
salty, with areas of gray to black, cracking clay. Less than
1 percent of the county is considered prime farmland. Most
of Kenedy County is covered with brush and scrubby mesquite,
with some huisache, acacia, post oak, and live oak. Tall
bunchgrasses, such as the seacoast bluestem, are found along
the coast, as well as cordgrasses, saltgrass, and marsh
millet. Temperatures range from an average low of 47° F in
January to an average high of 96° in July; the average
annual temperature is 73°. Rainfall averages twenty-six
inches a year, and the average growing season is 319 days.
Mineral resources include oil and natural gas...more
Richard King and Captain Mifflin Kenedy
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