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    KARNES CITY, TEXAS

    Karnes County Seat, South Texas
    Highways 181, 80 and 123
    4 miles N of Kenedy
    38 miles NW of Goliad
    93 miles N of Corpus Christi
    54 miles SE of San Antonio
    Population : 3457 (2010)


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    Karnes City Texas Saturday morning street scene
    Saturday morning in Karnes City
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009

    History in a Pecan Shell

    In December 1890, a group of Cuero businessmen bought 1,000 acres alongside the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad to be the next county seat. Originally named Karnes, after Texas patriot Henry Wax Karnes, "City" was added by postal authorities when the post office opened in 1891. In 1892 an auction was held and the railroad built a spur to facilitate the unloading of lumber for new homes and businesses.

    An election was held in December 21, 1893 to determine whether Runge, Kenedy, Helena or Karnes City would be the seat of government. In January 1894 records were moved from Helena to Karnes City. A new Courthouse and jail were built and on May 25, 1894, a prisoner was hanged on the new courthouse lawn, five months before the courthouse was dedicated.

    See Karnes County Courthouse

    The first newspaper began publishing in 1891 and the first school in Karnes City opened in October of that year. The building was used for classes, public dances and church services on Sunday. The Karnes City Independent School District was organized on May 24, 1894. In 1925 a new high school was built and a library was built in 1972.

    Karnes City Historical Marker
    Karnes City Population
    Karnes County courthouse, Karnes City Texas
    The 1894 Karnes County Courthouse in Karnes City
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2007
    Karnes City Texas street scene
    Looking East from the Courthouse
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
    Karnes City Texas 1909 Karnes Mercantile Co
    Karnes City 1909 business building
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
    Karnes City Texas 1910 Tobin Bros
    Karnes City 1910 business building
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
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    Karnes City Texas historical marker
    Karnes City Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
    Karnes City Texas city limit  Population
    Karnes City City Limit
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
    Population in various years:
    1900: 600
    1920: 787
    1940: 1,571
    1960: 2,603
    1980: 3,296
    1990: 2,916

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    Karnes City, Texas water towers

    The two water towers of Karnes City
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    The Karnes City City Hall
    1939 photo Courtesy TXDoT
    Karnes City City Hall
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