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INDIAN IWARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
built two boats, the Comanche and Grampus,
vessels of 200 and 500 tons burden. He bought
Capt. O'Donnell's interest in the business during
the following two years and in 1865 the new
firm of King, Kenedy 50,000 head of
cattle and 5,000 head of horses, mares and mules.
Col. Uriah Lott projected the Corpus Christi,
San Diego and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad
from Corpus Christi to Laredo, Texas (163 miles),
in 1876. Col. Lott called Capt. Kenedy and
Capt. King to his assistance and together they
built the road and sold it in 1881 to the Mexican
National Construction Company.
In 1884 a number of citizens of San Antonio
projected the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway,
from San Antonio to Aransas Pass on the
Gulf of Mexico, organized and made arrangements
with Col. Uriah Lott (whom they elected president)
to prosecute the work. Construction was
commenced early in 1885, but languished for want
of means after a few miles were built. Col.
Lott called upon his friend, Capt. Kenedy, at
Corpus Christi, in June, 1885, explained to him
the situation, succeeded in interesting him in the
enterprise and, as president of the company, contracted
with him to build the road. Capt.
Kenedy supplied the money and credit necessary
for the construction of the line and built 700
miles of road which are now in operation. He also
supplied a majority of the motive power and rolling
stock for the road.
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway was
constructed in a remarkably short time and with very
little noise. It is the most remarkable road ever
built in Texas, one of the most thoroughly
equipped in the South, has opened up to settlement
and commerce a magnificent section and has increased
values in San Antonio and the country
tributary to the road fully $100,000.000.
After the sale of the Laurelas ranch Capt.
Kenedy, in 1882, established the Kenedy Pasture
Company, of which he was president and treasurer,
and his son, Mr. John G. Kenedy, secretary and
general manager. The company's land lies in
Cameron County and is thirty miles in length by
twenty in breadth
truly a princely domain.
At Brownsville, Texas, April 16, 1852, Capt.
Kenedy married Mrs. Petra Vela de Vidal, of Mier,
Mexico. To them were born six children, of
whom only two are now living: John G. and Sarah
Josephine (wife of Dr. A. E. Spohn, of Corpus
Capt. Mifflin Kenedy had also an adopted
daughter, Miss Carmen Morell Kenedy, a native of
Although Capt. Kenedy spent a large portion
of his life on the Rio Grande frontier, and passed
through the days when that section was infested
with lawless and desperate men, he never had a
serious difficulty. This was due partly to the fact
that his courage was well known and recognized;
partly to the probity that marked all his business
dealings, and partly to his cool and even temperament.
Capt. Mifflin Kenedy and Capt. Richard
King made their way to the Rio Grande at a
time when Southwest Texas was infested with
Indians, Mexicans and men from the States who
were a law unto themselves, or rather, who were
without any law except that of force, and who subsisted
upon the fruits of marauding expeditions.
Neither life nor property were safe and the sturdy
immigrant, in search of a peaceful home, turned to
more inviting regions.
From the close of the Mexican war they devoted
their talents, means and much of their time to
bringing about that reformation which eventuated
in banishing from that part of Texas the desperadoes,
thieves and predatory savages that inhabited
it. They shunned no danger in the defense of their
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/259/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .