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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Gulf Coast : Bayside

BAYSIDE, TEXAS

Refugio County, Texas Gulf Coast
FM 136/ 2678
5 miles S of Copano
17 miles SE of Refugio
25 miles N of Corpus Christi

Population: 360 (2000) 400 (1990)

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Bayside at Bayside
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History in a Pecan Shell

In 1908 two experienced developers - E.O. Burton and A.H. Danforth acquired the land of what had been a community called Black Point. The land was promoted as being ideal for truck farming. With St. Joseph's Island and the Rockport/ Fulton peninsula, Bayside seemed well protected against storms.

The town was platted and beachfront was reserved for public use. In addition, a public well was drilled and buyers were encouraged by the incentive of a town lot for every five-acre plot that was sold.

In 1909 and 1910, the developers acquired adjoining land that was the former town of St. Mary's of Aransas. The cemetery of St. Mary's is still in use for Bayside residents.
a welded tombstone
A welded tombstone in Old St. Mary's Cemetery
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Bayside was successful - perhaps a bit too successful.

Although the property was bought immediately, most of the buyers were speculators and few people actually moved onto the property. A lack of people usually equals a poor economy.

Bayside got a post office in 1909, but most trade was inconveniently across Copano Bay at Rockport.
Bayside Texas school house
The Bayside School, now Community Center
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They built a school in 1912 and a church in 1913. Five different denominations shared the building. The 1919 hurricane that dashed dreams all along the Texas coast wiped the Bayside beach clean of improvements.

During the Great Depression delinquent property was sold at public auction.

The town incorporated in 1977 and the current population is now at the highest point in the town's history.
Bayside Texas John H. Wood House
The historic John H. Wood House c. 1875 weathered both the 1919 hurricane and another more destructive one in 1942. Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007
Bayside Texas John H. Wood House Historical marker
John Howland Wood House Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007
Widow's walk, John H. Wood House,  Bayside Texas
Widow's walk of the John H. Wood House
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007
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Bayside Texas water tower
The Bayside water tower
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007
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