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Kenedy County TX
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SARITA, TEXAS

Kenedy County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

27°13'18"N, 97°47'21"W (27.221667, -97.789167)
Hwy 77
20 miles S of Kingsville
50 miles N of Raymondville
57 miles SW of Corpus Christi
Population: 238 (2010) 250 (2000)

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Sarita Kenedy East portrait
Sarita Kenedy East
Photo Courtesy Kenedy Ranch Museum
History in a Pecan Shell

Sarita was once part of the Kenedy Ranch and John G. Kenedy named the town after his daughter Sarita Kenedy East when it was established in 1904 as a center for the ranch and the Kenedy Pasture Company.

Sarita became a stop on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad.

The town moved one mile east in 1905, when the railroad was resurveyed and tracks had to be relaid. Midwestern land companies promoted Sarita to northerners and ran excursion trains into the area for prospective buyers. Those that were smitten by the landscape could buy lots right then and there from the Kenedy Town and Improvement Company.

Sarita was granted a post office (in the company store) in 1904 and three years later the town had a depot, a one-room school and a cotton gin. The railroad maintained a section house and water tank for the trains.

Many settlers worked for the Kenedy Ranch, while others purchased or leased pasture from the Kenedy Pasture Company to raise cotton. The Pfau store, one of two in Sarita at the time, was bought by John G. Kenedy and served as a courthouse until it burned.

Sarita had originally been in Cameron County and became the county seat of the newly formed Willacy County in 1911.Then in 1921 when Kenedy County was formed, it served as county seat again.

A hurricane struck the coast in 1916 and many residents abandoned their farms. The land then reverted back to the Kenedy Pasture Company.

The road from the north ended abruptly (and rudely according to other sources) at Sarita and it wasn't until the 40s that highway 77 was completed to Brownsville.

Sarita Kenedy East died in 1961.
Kenedy County courthouse, restored, Sarita Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2010
Kenedy County Courthouse

Sarita Texas Landmarks & Attractions

Year-round birding.
South Texas wildflowers viewing in spring.

Sarita Texas - Kenedy Pasture Company / Kenedy Ranch Museum
The Kenedy Pasture Company, now the Kenedy Ranch Museum
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas

200 E. La Parra Ave.
361/294-5751
www.kenedyranchmuseum.org
Sarita Texas - Kenedy Pasture Company / Kenedy Ranch Museum
Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
 Sarita Texas - Kenedy Pasture Company / Kenedy Ranch Museum
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
More Texas Museums
Saritia TX, Kenedy County
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Saritia TX - Our Lady Of Guadulape Catholic Church
Our Lady Of Guadulape Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Sarita TX sign
TE Photos October 2003
Water lilies in Sarita
Sarita Texas water tower and old building

Left - Flora near Sarita
Right - Sarita water tower and an early building
TE Photos October 2003


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Sarita, Texas Nearby Towns:
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