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    • 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...
    • Oil Lingo

    • Lingo
    • Oil Lingo Texas, as we all know, invented the cattle industry. And Texas cowboys invented their own language to describe their way of life. A depressed cowboy was said to be down in his boots. A cowboy in high spirits had his tail over the...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Roughting It At The Taft Ranch

    • Taft Ranch
    • Roughing It At The Taft Ranch President William Howard Taft came to Texas to visit his half-brother's ranch near Gregory. This was a big deal in October, 1909. Plans had been in the works for months for the president's visit. A golf course...
    • Legs Lewis

    • Legs Lewis
    • Legs Lewis Gideon K. Lewis - nicknamed Legs - was a reporter in the Mexican War, a Texas Ranger, a candidate for Congress, and the co-founder of King Ranch. He was popular with the ladies until his life was cut short by an irate husband....
    • Lone Star Fair Of 1852

    • Lone Star Fair
    • The Lone Star Fair Of 1852 Henry Kinney, founder of Corpus Christi, made a fortune when Zachary Taylor's army was here. But his wealth was soon spent, and by 1851, he was looking for a way to attract immigrants who would buy some of his ...
    • Our Willie Is Saved

    • Willie Chamberlain
    • "Our Willie Is Saved" More than a century ago, one of the dangers in rural South Texas came from the rabid coyotes, skunks, cats and dogs. It was said that a mad coyote would run among a pack of coyotes, biting everything that moved,...
    • Our First District Attorney

    • Biography
    • Our First District Attorney Daniel McNeill Turner came to Corpus Christi in the 1870s to study law. He bought a newspaper, the Gazette, and was elected to the city council. He was county attorney in 1882 when the office of district...
    • Remember the Bascule Bridge

    • Bridges
    • Remember The Bascule Bridge On Port Opening Day ----- Sept.14, 1926 ----- the big attraction was the bascule bridge. The bascule ---- French for "see-saw" ---- was built astride what had once been Hall's Bayou. The bascule bridge cost...
    • 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...
    • Chipita's Ghost

    • Chipita Rodriguez
    • Chipita's Ghost The most controversial hanging in Texas history was that of an old woman, Chipita Rodriguez. She was hanged on Friday, Nov.13, 1863. Many believed at the time, and some historians still believe, that she was innocent of the...
    • Shooting At The Clouds

    • Rainmaking Experiment
    • Shooting At The Clouds During a devastating drought, South Texans in 1891 began to look seriously at rain-making experiments based on a book, "War and the Weather." The author of this book held that during the Civil War, heavy ...
    • Alta Vista Hotel

    • Hotels
    • One of Corpus Christi’s grandest hotels was the Alta Vista, built in 1890 by Elihu Harrison Ropes, a promoter from New Jersey who had big plans for Corpus Christi. Ropes began dredging a channel across Mustang Island. He planned to build a...
    • Lighthouse on the Bluff

    • Lighthouse
    • Lighthouse on the Bluff In 1857, two years after the Aransas Pass lighthouse went up, the U.S. Government built a small brick lighthouse on the bluff in Corpus Christi to guide ships in the bay. The rectangular building had a round tower that...
    • Strange Tale from Rockport

    • Cities; Rockport
    • Strange Tale From Rockport A couple of years ago I was sent an old clipping, with no date, no byline, and no name of the newspaper. From clues in the context, it was from about 1910. I didn't know then, and I don't know now, if the story is...
    • The Cannibal Watching Sunset

    • Karankawa Indians
    • The Cannibal Watching Sunset The Karankawa Indians once occupied the Texas coast. Their appearance was unlike any other tribe. The men were tall - between six and seven feet. They were tattooed and wore shell ornaments. They were known as...
    • A Trip To Agua Dulce In 1848

    • Agua Dulce
    • A Trip To Agua Dulce In 1848 A good description of what this country was like in its natural state can be found in a report of a trip to Agua Dulce in the Dec.16, 1848 edition of the Corpus Christi Star. After leaving Corpus Christi, the...


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