Kenedy, Texas

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Kenedy is a city in Karnes County, Texas, United States, named for Mifflin Kenedy[3], who bought 400,000 acres (1,600 km2) and wanted to develop a new town that would carry his name. The population was 3,487 at the 2000 census.



In the early 1900s many of Kenedy's gunfighter's shooting caused the town to be nicknamed "Six Shooter Junction". [4]

During World War II, the Kenedy Alien Detention Camp was located near the outskirts of the town. This was a prisoner of war camp that started as an internment camp for Germans, Italians, Japanese, and South Americans.[4]

Kenedy is also the site of the John Connally Unit, a state prison. On December 13, 2000, a group called the Texas Seven escaped from that prison. They would go on a deadly crime spree before being caught.


Kenedy is located at 28°49′N 97°51′W / 28.817°N 97.85°W / 28.817; -97.85 (28.8143, -97.8496)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,487 people, 1,266 households, and 907 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,049.2 people per square mile (405.5/km²). There were 1,550 housing units at an average density of 466.4/sq mi (180.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.44% White, 3.18% African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 20.68% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 64.90% of the population.

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