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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Gulf Coast / South Texas : Port Mansfield

PORT MANSFIELD , TEXAS

Willacy County, Texas Gulf Coast
On the Laguna Madre via FM 186
24 miles E of Raymondville
13 miles E of San Perlita

Population: 415 (2010)

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Port Mansfield TX - Fredstone Park
Fredstone Park in Port Mansfield
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

Once an obscure and hard to reach fishing camp named Red Fish Landing, the Corp of Engineers opened it as a harbor in 1950. It was named for U. S. Representative Joseph J. Mansfield, who introduced a bill extending the Intracoastal Waterway from Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande.

The first channel was cut through Padre Island in 1957. The community at that time consisted of just fishing cabins, a hotel and store/ bait shop. The final cut was finished in 1962. Now that there was a tidal exchange between the Gulf and the Lagoon, there was a notable increase in fishing and commercial tourism.

From a 1966 population of 525 it increased to 731 in 1990. The 2010 state map showed a population of 415.

Although the community had received its mail from Raymondville up into the 1990s, it now has its own post office.

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Port Mansfield Texas Pier
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Port Mansfield Texas Welcome sign
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Port Mansfield Texas harbour boat ramp
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Port Mansfield Texas boat
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Water On Way To Port Mansfield Texas
Water on the way to Port Mansfield. TE Photo
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