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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 Christi's First Theaters

    • Theaters
    • Corpus Christi's First Theaters Zachary Taylor's army of 4,000 men began arriving in Corpus Christi in August, 1845. The town's population of 100 or so quickly grew to more than 2,000. The army brought the city its first water well, dug in...
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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 Much Are County Commissioners Worth?

    • County Commissioners
    • How Much Are County Commissioners Worth ? The question has come up from time to time about whether Nueces County Commissioners should be paid $60,000 a year for attending a meeting once a week. That's essentially all they have to do. Years...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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....
    • Lightning Rod Craze

    • Lightning
    • The Lightning Rod Craze Eli Merriman, one of the founders of the Caller-Times and a longtime newspaper editor, once wrote about the lightning rod craze that hit Corpus Christi in the 1880's. Two competing lightning rod salesmen arrived in...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...

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