Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas
Richard King isn’t the only famous rancher in these parts. His longtime pal Mifflin Kenedy also accumulated great wealth and property thanks to his successful commercial and ranching endeavors. His legacy is on display at the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas (200 E. La Parra Ave., 361/294-5751, www.kenedyranchmuseum.org, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tues.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun., $3 adults, $2 children 13–18 and seniors).
Located 20 miles south of Kingsville in the little town of Sarita, the museum showcases Kenedy’s illustrious past through exhibits dedicated primarily to family—particularly the family of his wife, Petra Vela de Vidal, who was of prominent Mexican heritage.
Through his successful business ventures, Kenedy accumulated 400,000 acres of Gulf Coast property and was among the first ranchers to hold cattle inside wire fences. Housed in the 1927 Kenedy Ranch headquarters, the museum also details the family’s many successful philanthropic programs.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition