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    • North Pole

    • North Pole, Texas
    • North Pole, Texas There was almost nothing at the North Pole, a small hamlet at the top of a windswept hill. Now, I'm not talking about the North Pole in the Arctic, where Santa Claus lives and where his elves are working time-and-half at this...
    • Corpus Chrsiti First Census

    • Census
    • Corpus Christi's First Census When the census taker went around knocking on doors in Corpus Christi in 1850, he had an easy job. There weren't many doors to knock on. Although the city was 11 years old, this was its first census. And it...
    • Lloyd's Pleasure Pier

    • Lloyd's Pleasure Pier
    • Loyd's Pleasure Pier Long before there was a conception of a Landry's entertainment complex on the T-Head , there was J. E. Loyd's Pavilion and Pleasure Pier. It was built in 1914 on a pier that stretched into the bay from the foot of...
    • White Point Gassers

    • Oil And Gas
    • White Point Gassers The oil-and- gas era in Corpus Christi area began with a bang - literally. A test well in the White Point area on the Rachal Ranch, across the Nueces Bay, blew out on Sept. 6, 1913. The gas pressure was so great the drill pipe...
    • The Texas Rangers

    • Texas Rangers
    • The Texas Rangers There was no middle ground for the Texas Rangers. They were loved or hated, depending on geography and ethnicity. They were heroic and fearless men. Or they were cruel, vindictive killers. The Rangers have always been seen...
    • A Yankee Holiday

    • Holiday
    • A Yankee Holiday There was a time when Corpus Christi didn't celebrate the Fourth of July. The holiday was not observed during the Civil War. Corpus Christi newspaper, The Ranchero, would mark the occasion by reprinting the Declaration of...
    • Crossing The Laguna Madre

    • Laguna Madre
    • Crossing The Laguna Madre Long before there was a causeway connecting Padre Island to the mainland, the island was used as a route south. When Zachary Taylor's army was camped at Corpus Christi in 1845, a scouting party explored the island,...
    • Immigrants, 1852

    • Immigrants
    • Immigrants, 1852 A good description of Corpus Christi of 150 years ago comes from the recollections of Robert and William Adams, who arrived in 1852, with their father, mother, sister and another brother. Robert was five and William was...
    • Born In A Fire

    • Fire
    • Born In A Fire William Rogers built a new home at Chaparral and Cooper's Alley in 1871. On Aug.1, people awoke to the sounds of shouting. Rogers new home was burning. People did what they could, but without equipment they were helpless. The...
    • Chapman vs. King

    • Chapman
    • Chapman vs. King The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of King Ranch in a case that had its beginning 150 years ago when Richard King bought the Santa Gertrudis grant, the first parcel in what would become King Ranch. King put up...
    • Dredging Packery Channel

    • Packery Channel
    • Dredging Packery Channel We are near the day when Packery Channel dredging will begin. I wish the project well, but wonder how it willl turn out. During the Ropes Boom in the 1890s, a pass was dug across Mustang Island. The waters of the...
    • Fort Marcy

    • Fort Marcy
    • Fort Marcy A question I've been asked is whether there was ever a fort in Corpus Christi at the time Zachary Taylor's army was here, in 1845 and early 1846. The answer is yes and no, depending on what you call a fort. Corpus Christi before...
    • How Peoples Street Got It's Name

    • Peoples Street
    • How People Street Got Its Name When you ever drive down Peoples Street in downtown Corpus Christi, you may wonder how it got its name. There's a story there. It is named for John Peoples, a war correspondent in the Mexican War who reported...
    • Money Hill

    • Money
    • Money Hill Old Spanish coins, the gold of empire, have long been found on the islands. Accounts over the years said they were found in a sand dune called Money Hill. This confused me. There were always different descriptions of where Money...
    • Rawhide Bullwhips

    • Vaqueros
    • Rawhide Bullwhips It's common knowledge in South Texas that vaqueros taught the early cowboys how to handle cattle, especially half-wild longhorns. The cowboy's colorful language is full of Spanish root words, even if they don't always sound...
    • Thats Entertainment

    • Entertainment
    • That's Entertainment One Sunday in April , 1886, half the population of Corpus Christi gathered on Central Wharf and on the beach to see a man walk on a rope stretched between the two wharves. There was a stiff wind, and the rope, the paper...
    • The Padre Island Crossing

    • Padre Island
    • The Padre Island Causeway The Padre Island Causeway opened to traffic on June 17, 1950. The white island shaped like a string bean, once the haunt of Karankawas and Spanish shipwreck survivors, would never be the same. Padre Island was remote....


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