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    • Streets Of The City

    • Streets
    • Streets Of The City Corpus Christi's founder, Henry Kinney, named many of his downtown streets after wildlife ---- like Antelope and Tiger ( which was later changed to Broadway). He liked Indian names as well, giving us Tancahua, Carancahua...
    • 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...
    • Schatzel Street

    • Streets
    • Schatzel Street Corpus Christi's founder, Henry Kinney, named city streets after his friends. One of Kinney's more worthy choices was to name a street for John Peter Schatzel. Schatzel wasn't here long - from 1850 to 1854 - but his name...
    • The Cattle Queen Of Texas

    • Martha Rabb
    • The Cattle Queen of Texas In 1875, Martha Rabb took over her late husband's ranching empire. It consisted of 10,000 head of cattle on the open-range. These were troubled times, with cross-border raids and cattle rustling common. The violence led...
    • The Nolan Brothers

    • Nolan Brothers
    • The Nolan Brothers Irish orphans Matthew and Tom Nolan enlisted as buglers in the U.S. Army. One was 11 and the other nine years old. They arrived at Corpus Christi with Zachary Taylor's army in 1845 and went on to fight in the Mexican War. Two...
    • The Wreck Of The Mary

    • Ships
    • The Wreck of the Mary One of the big stories of the 1870s was the wreck of the Mary on its regular run from Morgan City to Rockport. The Ship was trying to cross the bar at the Aransas Pass channel in a storm on Nov. 30, 1876, when it knocked a...
    • When Cabbage Was King

    • Cabbage
    • When Cabbage was King The Nueces River has been called the cradle of the Plains cattle industry. From the earliest recorded history, the economy in this area was tied to the tail of the longhorn. The coming of the railroads beginning in the 1880s...
    • Wool Merchants

    • Wool
    • Wool Merchants South Texas is famous for its cattle ranches. But South Texas, especially the Nueces Valley, was also sheep country from the 1850s into the 1880s. Army Major W.W. Chapman brought in pure Merinos in 1850. These were bred to hardy...
    • How Old Is Corpus Christi?

    • Corpus Christi
    • How Old Is Corpus Christi? I stopped at a red light on the way to work, at Water Street and Cooper's Alley. This is where Henry Kinney was supposed to have landed. It is where Blucher Creek emptied into the bay. Smugglers knew this...
    • Orphan Who Ran Away To Sea

    • Richard King
    • The Orphan Who Ran Away To Sea After his parents died, eight- year- old Richard King was apprenticed to a jeweler in New York. He ran away and hid in the hold of a ship bound for Mobile. He was discovered at sea. In Mobile, the stowaway ...
    • 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...
    • 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 ...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Confederate Camels

    • Camels
    • Confederate Camels Jefferson Davis had a thing about camels. Before he became president of the Confederacy, he was secretary of war for the United States. And he came up with the idea of importing camels to haul supplies across the...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...


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