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Kennedale is located in Tarrant County, Texas, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Fort Worth. The population of the town in the 2000 census was 5,850 residents. Settled in the 1860s, Kennedale began as a transportation “hub” with many wagon trails crossing the site which later was to become the town. In 1882, John D. Hudson, C.B. Teague and Oliver S. Kennedy purchased land and established a town at the site of a mineral well. This well marked the focal point of the town, which grew to eventually include a train depot, hotel, general store, drug store, post office, lumber company and blacksmith shop. The town of Kennedale was named for Oliver Kennedy who platted the town and donated every other lot to the Southern Pacific Railroad in an effort to induce rail construction throughout the community. By 1904, Kennedale had a population of 216 residents and the two-teacher school in town registered 91 students. A fire destroyed the original business district of Kennedale in 1908, except for the general store, which remains standing today. During the 1940s, the development of the defense industry in Fort Worth provided new jobs for Kennedale residents and encouraged growth in the county. By 1955 the town of Kennedale had 1,046 residents and twenty businesses, and in 1965 it had a population of 1,800. Growth in the area continued through the 1970s and 80s and by 1990 the population of the town was 4,096. Today, Kennedale continues to thrive and it is most well known for being the home of the Cowtown Speedway Racetrack.

Kennedale is part of Tarrant County, which is one of the fastest growing urban counties in the United States. Kennedale is also considered a suburb of Fort Worth, the fifth largest city in the state of Texas and the 19th largest city in the U.S. As such, you will find unlimited things to see and do in the area. From large urban malls to historic downtown squares, the Kennedale region offers something for everyone. There are fine museums and world-class exhibits, great sporting events, live entertainment, amusement parks and spectacular shopping. You can explore the Fort Worth Stockyards, world-class Cultural District, the Fort Worth Zoo and Fort Worth’s downtown Sundance Square. The area is famous for its Texas-style cuisine, so you’ll find lots of restaurants that feature mouth-watering barbecue and great steakhouses. However, Kennedale also offers Mexican, Italian, Greek, French and Asian food. For accommodations, there is something to fit everyone’s budget – from elegant hotels to historic inns; the Kennedale area provides plenty of options.

Kennedale bills itself as “The City that Cares,” and is not only a great vacation destination, but also a fine place to raise a family or start a new business. The city offers a safe, clean environment with small town values, yet is just minutes from one of the state’s largest metropolitan areas. It is in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex at the southeast border of Fort Worth and the southwest border of Arlington. Kennedale is one of Tarrant County’s fastest growing cities and has easy access to I-20, Loop 820 and U.S. Highway 287. The city of Kennedale offers an excellent public school system, Youth Association and Senior Center, a City Library and Public Park. A high quality of life, great weather and convenient location makes Kennedale a popular place – either as a vacation destination or for relocation.


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