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PORT MANSFIELD, TEXAS

Willacy County, Texas Gulf Coast

2633'20"N 9725'52"W (26.555453, -97.431051)

On the Laguna Madre via FM 186
24 miles E of Raymondville the county seat
13 miles E of San Perlita
Population: 213 est (2017) 226 (2010) 415 (2000)

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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. Population dropped to 226 in 2010.

Although the community had received its mail from Raymondville up into the 1990s, it now has its own post office. Zip code 78598.


Port Mansfield, Texas Today

Port Mansfield Texas Pier
TE Photo
Port Mansfield Texas Welcome sign
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2009
Port Mansfield Texas harbour boat ramp
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2009
Port Mansfield Texas boat
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Water On Way To Port Mansfield Texas
Water on the way to Port Mansfield
TE Photo, July 2001

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Port Mansfield, Texas Area Towns:
Raymondville the county seat
San Perlita
Harlingen
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