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CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

Nueces County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

US 37
143 miles S of San Antonio
192 miles S of Austin
207 miles SW of Houston
377 miles S of Dallas
691 miles SE of El Paso
Population: 312,574 (2010)

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History in a Seashell

Corpus Christi played a role in the Civil War being the only town along such a long stretch of open beach. The Union forces occupied Mustang Island in 1863 and actually bombarded Corpus Christi on two occasions. Ships had to anchor offshore and have their cargo lighted to town. In 1874 the channel was dredged to a depth of 8 feet, which greatly increased traffic.

The most significant incident in the city's history occurred in 1919 when a hurricane struck, causing incredible damage and the loss of an estimated 400 lives. President Harding pledged loans to cover a massive dredging project that was completed 7 years to the day after the storm. With the increased traffic to the port, the city doubled its population in ten years.

Corpus Christi Landmarks & Attractions
Vintage Photos & Contemporary Images

TX Nueces County  Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2012
Nueces County Courthouses
TX - U.S.S. Lexington on Corpus Christi Bay
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2012
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay: The 1943 Aircraft Carrier allows you to imagine what life was like on the huge ship that doesn't seem so big in real life. See WWII
Harbor Bridge, Texas State Aquarium and U.S.S. Lexington
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2012
  • Padre Island National Seashore: 110 miles long. The JFK Causeway connects Corpus Christi to the island. The Visitor's Center telephone number is 391-949-8068.
  • Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History: The home port of replicas of Christopher Columbus' 3 ships as well as rare artifacts of both Natural and Cultural local history. 1900 N. Chaparral 361-883-2862
  • Lake Corpus Christi State Park: It's out of town about 35 miles, but that's its name. 361-547-2635 350 acres of park bordering on the 14,000-acre lake. Six miles south of the town of Mathis off Hwy 37.
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakecorp/lakecorp.htm
  • In addition to the above, there is a Kite Museum, a Selena Museum, an Asian Cultural Museum and perhaps the best of all - The Texas State Aquarium. The aquarium is open seven days a week. 1-800-477-GULF.
  • Port of Corpus Christi & Harbor Bridge: Hwy 181 spans the harbor at 235 feet. Great view for people other than the driver. Observation deck below the bridge allows visitors to ship-watch.
  • Corpus Christi Memorial Museum
  • TX - Corpus Christi Cathedral
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2012
    Corpus Christi Cathedral
    Centennial House, across from the Corpus Christi Cathedral
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2012
    The Britton-Evans House
    Built on a bluff overlooking Corpus Christi Bay not quite 13 years after the fall of the Alamo, the two-story house has proven almost as enduring as the old Spanish mission in San Antonio...
    Corpus Christi, Texas - Fountain, Queen of the Sea, Confederate Monument by Pompeo Coppini
    Photos courtesy Ken Rudine, 2010
    "Queen of the Sea" Fountain
    by Pompeo Coppini
    Downtown Corpus Christi at Broadway and Peoples
    Texas - Nuecestown Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Roxanne Krisch
    Ghost Town - Nuecestown
    & Nuecestown Cemetery

    In Corpus Christi City Lmiits
    Bayside cemetery view, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Bayview Cemetery
    TX - Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Under Construction
    Harbor Bridge under construction
    Courtesy TXDoT
    Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge
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    Corpus Christi Old Photos & Post Cards

    TX - Corpus Christi Cabbage
    Corpus Christi Cabbage
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    TX - Corpus Christi  Mexican Kitchen
    Mexican Kitchen, Corpus Christi, Texas
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    TX - Prickley Pear Cactus, Corpus Christi
    Prickley Pear Cactus, Corpus Christi, Texas
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    TX - Corpus Christi - Cotton Municipal Wharf
    Cotton on Municipal Wharf, Corpus Christi, Texas
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    Corpus Christi 1910 street scene
    People Street, Corpus Christi, Texas
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    Corpus Christi Policemen
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    Bridges & Coastal Scenes
    Corpus Christi Hotels
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    Nueces Hotel & Stationery
    Corpus Christi Chronicles
    Corpus Christi TX - American Texaco Station 1930s
    Surviving the Great Depression
    by Barbara Duvall Wesolek
  • Surviving the Great Depression by Barbara Duvall Wesolek
    James Forrest Bonham, my grandfather, owned an American Texaco gasoline service station on Staples Street in Corpus Christi in the 1920s and 1930s.. He and two brothers also each owned a Bonham's grocery store in Corpus... more
  • Nearly a Second Alamo: First Shots of the Mexican War by Mike Cox
    Capt. Daniel P. Whiting and his infantry company were among the troops who landed at the small village of Corpus Christi following Texas statehood... more
  • Remembering Private Caballero by John R. Fox
  • Whiskey Bomb - History Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
  • Whataburger - History Cartoon by Roger T. Moore

  • Nearby Destinations
  • US 181 north to Hwy 361 west to Aransas Pass and Port Aransas.
  • From Aransas Pass, another 11 miles north on Hwy 35 to Rockport and Fulton
  • Corpus Christi Tourist Information
  • Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce:
    1201 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
    (361) - 881-1800
    http://www.corpuschristichamber.org/
  • Corpus Christi Convention and Visitor's Bureau:
    1-800-766-2322
    www.corpuschristi-tx-cvb.org

  • Elissa by  jetty,  heat wave, Corpus Christi Bay TX
    Elissa leaving Corpus Christi after Harvest Moon Regatta
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 5, 2007
    Fire boat test in harbour of  Corpus Christi
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, June 2007

    Corpus Christi, Texas Forum

  • The Texas State Aquarium is a wonderful place to visit, it's on North Beach next to the Lexington. We are soon to start construction on "Dolphin Bay," a place for rescued and recovering dolphins. New 10 thousand seat arena home of Division I Texas A&M Corpus Christi "Islanders." The University is putting in it's own beach that will be completed in August. The National Seashore 63 miles of uninterrupted beach and you can drive all the way to Port Mansfield! (if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle). Shore fishing is great and you can catch'em without getting your feet wet. We have world class wind surfing, people come from all over the world to wind surf the largest, windiest bay in the country. World championships are held every May. Power Boat Shoot out in June it's free and you can watch from the Bayfront. The night life is hot on Waterstreet live music and great seafood restaurants.... - Jim Lago, July 08, 2001

  • Corpus Christi, Texas Area Destinations:
    Nueces County | Texas Gulf Coast
    Aransas Pass | Port Aransas | Rockport | Fulton
    San Antonio

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