Horned Lizard Capital of Texas
KENEDY, ONCE KNOWN as the “Six Shooter Junction,” is now the “Junction Where Good Friends Meet.” Folks can come to explore the rich heritage of the area, visit the museums and parks, as well as experience True Texas Hospitality.
Eagle Ford Shale has grown throughout the area, making Karnes County the heart of the boom. The area is constantly bustling in the oil and gas field, creating economic growth around every corner. Kenedy has developed into a goldmine for entrepreneurs and chain businesses alike.
Joe Gulley Park is Kenedy’s premier destination with a little something for all ages. The park offers nature trails, great bird watching areas, aquatic plant exhibits, picnic areas, a playground and ball fields.
Spring Wildflowers include Kenedy and the surrounding area on this adventure. The rolling hillsides are vibrant with an abundance of wildflowers. Driving the back roads can be a perfect day trip or weekend get-away.
Explore the Heritage Historical Markers that are placed around Kenedy to give visitors a glimpse of the town’s colorful past. Stop by the Chamber or check out the web site for a list of the markers and then set off on an adventure to find them.
Be sure to include a stop at the local Post Office to enjoy “The Grist Mill,” painted during the Great Depression 1934-43. It was part of a program called the New Deal Art Murals.
“Horned Lizard Capital of Texas”
as proclaimed in 2000 by the Texas Legislature, is another claim to fame for Kenedy. Kenedy is located a short distance from a variety of fishing lakes and bay fishing opportunities. The golf enthusiast is invited to check out the 9-hole golf course just south of Kenedy.
Downtown Kenedy is enjoying a rebirth with the restoration and remodeling of many historic buildings. There are several bed and breakfasts located in
the downtown area which provide a unique getaway experience. The Hwy. 181 corridor offers gift and flower shops, restaurants, motels, RV parks, and is the gateway to Joe Gulley Park.
Panna Maria is the “Oldest Permanent Polish Settlement” in the USA and the Cradle of Polish Culture. Established in 1854, the buildings and museum house
artifacts of several generations, which preserve the heritage and culture - www.pannamariatexas.com.
Helena Court House Museum is located between Kenedy and Panna Maria. It offers a view into what life was like in South Texas during the 1800s. www.karnesmuseum.com
Everyone is invited to come, visit and stay a while. Enjoy the blue skies, fresh air, and friendly folks. Kenedy is a wonderful place to visit, raise a family or spend your retirement years.