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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
Karnes County Courthouse
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
Karnes City, Texas water towers

The two water towers of Karnes City
TE Photo 8-03

The Karnes City City Hall
1939 photo Courtesy TXDoT
Karnes City City Hall
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Kenedy
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Corpus Christi
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