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Sarita
—  Unincorporated town  —
The Kenedy Pasture Company Headquarters in Sarita
Sarita is located in Texas
Sarita
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 27°13′18″N 97°47′21″W / 27.22167°N 97.78917°W / 27.22167; -97.78917Coordinates: 27°13′18″N 97°47′21″W / 27.22167°N 97.78917°W / 27.22167; -97.78917
Country United States
State Texas
County Kenedy
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2008 est.)
 - Total 250
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78385
Area code(s) 361
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID

Sarita is an unincorporated community in and the county seat of Kenedy County, Texas, United States,[1] and the only settlement of note in the county.

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History

Sarita was created in 1904 as the headquarters of the Kenedy Ranch, named by its founder, John G. Kenedy after his daughter. The town grew to about 300 residents by 1916, but in that year a serious hurricane struck and the area and many settlers subsequently moved away (in 1999, the largest Texas hurricane in 20 years, Bret, came ashore near Sarita but did little damage). Although the town was made county seat when Kenedy County was created in 1921, it has not grown appreciably since then.

Today, Sarita is home to a Catholic church, a school, several homes, and a post office, the Lebh Shomea House of Prayer centered around the headquarters of the Kenedy Ranch , but no businesses are active other than the ranch. The 1921 Kenedy County Courthouse is a two-story white Beaux-Arts structure on a large green and the most prominent building in town (many county employees actually live in Kleberg County, just to the north since there is nowhere to live in Kenedy County and most of the homes are owned by the ranch). Across the street sits the whitewashed, two-story headquarters of the Kenedy Pasture Company, which owns most of the land in the county and employs many of Sarita's citizens. The building also houses the Kenedy Ranch Museum.

Geography

Sarita is located at 27°13′18″N, 97°47′21″W.

Education

Sarita Elementary School (PreK-6) of the Kenedy County Wide Common School District serves Sarita.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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