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    • Kinney's Land Deal

    • Kinney
    • Kinney's Land Deal Probably the three most hated men in Corpus Christi in the 1860s and '70s were Levi Jones, J. Temple Doswell and the city's founder ----- Henry Kinney. The three men and the town were connected by a land suit that caused a...
    • Historic Firsts

    • History
    • Historic Firsts It was on March 10, 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell said the first words by telephone -----"Watson, come here, I want you." Sixteen years later, in 1892, Corpus Christi got its first phone system, owned by Dr. Alfred...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Feather Merchants

    • Merchants
    • Feather Merchants I've talked before about the hide- and- tallow business. During the 1870s, longhorns were killed and stripped of their hides on an assembly basis. One hide factory was on Padre Island, at Corpus Christi Pass, which became...
    • Wooly Times In South Texas

    • Wool
    • Wooly Times In South Texas King Ranch is famous for its cattle ---- the Santa Gertrudis and before that the hardy longhorn. But at one time Richard King had a lot of sheep. In 1854, King began to stock his new ranch with crossbred merino...
    • U. S. Grant In Corpus Christi

    • U. S. Grant
    • U.S. Grant In Corpus Christi The greatest general of the Civil War, and the future president ----- U.S. Grant ---- was among the officers who came to Corpus Christi with Zachary Taylor in 1845. When the transport ships were transfering soldiers...
    • Kenedy Rifles Go To War

    • Kenedy Rifles
    • Kenedy Rifles Go To War More than 100 years ago, the Kenedy Rifles marched through Corpus Christi on their way to what was called " a splendid little war." The Caller had been filled with war news since the battleship Maine exploded in Havana...
    • 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,...
    • Wreck Of The Nicaragua

    • Ship
    • The Wreck Of The Nicaragua The ship Nicaragua went ashore on Padre Island about 63 miles south of Port Aransas. That was in 1912. For years, there were rumors that the Nicaragua was running guns to Mexico during the Pancho Villa troubles. ...
    • Old Hotels

    • Hotels
    • Old Hotels One of the city's oldest hotels was the Virginia House on the beach. It was built in 1845 when Zachary Taylor's army was here. After that came the California House on Chaparral, built in 1849 for gold-seekers. The name was...
    • Uriah Lott, Railroad Builder

    • Uriah Lott Uriah Lott, Railroad Builder One of the outstanding figures in South Texas history was Uriah Lott , a native New Yorker who started a wool-shipping business in Corpus Christi in the 1870s. But Lott's great contribution was ...
    • Uriah Lott, Railroad Builder One of the outstanding figures in South Texas history was Uriah Lott , a native New Yorker who started a wool-shipping business in Corpus Christi in the 1870s. But Lott's great contribution was building...
    • Duke Of Padre Island

    • Padre Island
    • Duke Of Padre Island Pat Dunn was the Duke of Padre Island. He owned it from 1879 until 1928. Dunn's was one of Texas' most unusual ranches. He built corrals out of mahogany logs that washed up on the beaches. He patrolled his ranch...
    • Wet Dry Election

    • Prohibition
    • The Wet-Dry Election Of 1916 One of the most potent issues in Corpus Christi's long history was the wet-dry election in 1916, two years before Prohibition was ratified by the states. The Nueces County Prohibition Club began a petition...
    • New Electric Lights

    • Lights
    • The New Electric Lights Before the arrival of Thomas Edison's incandescent lights, Corpus Christi streets ---- and homes ---- were lit by kerosene lanterns. The city hired a lamplighter who made his rounds each day around sunset to light the...
    • Hunting POW's In Corpus Christi

    • POW"s
    • Hunting POWs In Corpus Christi Probably the biggest manhunt in Corpus Christi history occurred in the second week of February, 1944. Two German POWs escaped from a prison camp near Mexia, 360 miles north. They fled to Corpus Christi with the...
    • 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...
    • Bandits on the Reef Road

    • Bandits
    • Bandits On The Reef Road The reef road was an oyster bed shelf that divided Corpus Christi Bay from Nueces Bay. The underwater reef was marked by stakes. Travelers used the reef to cross from North Beach to Indian Point near Portland. ...


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