TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : COUNTIES : : TOPICS : : HISTORY/OPINION : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : ARCHIVE : : SITE MAP

 TX Calhoun County location
Calhoun County

Port Lavaca Hotels


PORT ALTO, TEXAS

Calhoun County, Texas Gulf Coast

On the western shore of Carancahua Bay
FM 159 & CR 307
4 miles E of Olivia (Hwy 172)
8 miles SE of Hwy 35
22 miles SW of Palacios
21 miles NW of Port Lavaca
Population: 45 (2000)

Book Hotel Here > Port lavaca Hotels
Port Alto TX fishing pier

Port Alto fishing pier
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

The former settlers on this little spot of Carancahua Bay called the place Persimmon Point. It became a subdivision in 1939 and rarely had more than 10 permanent residents. One store provided the necessities of life. Summer residents brought the population up to 200.

The town was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961 as was the causeway bridge between Port Lavaca and Point Comfort. The remaining portion of the bridge is now in use as a fishing pier. Port Alto was rebuilt by 1966.

Port Alto TX Caranchahua Bay

View of Caranchahua Bay
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto has a neat but tiny beach. If you're looking for a beach in the area - consider nearby Olivia. Olivia has space like Port Alto has houses.
Port Alto TX Caranchahua Bay

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX Palm trees by Caranchahua Bay

Palms
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX boat docks

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX boat docks

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Port Alto TX fishing pier

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

The dock in Port Alto Texas
Marsh on Port Alto, Texas gulf coast
The Dock
TE photo
Bay view
TE photo
Port Alto, Texas gulf coast scene
Port Alto landscape
TE photo, 2001
Port Alto TX road sign

The sign to Port Alto
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Olivia TX Community Center

Olivia - Port Alto Community Center in Olivia
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Calhoun  County Texas 1940s map
Calhoun County map showing Olivia and Carancahua Bay in NE Calhoun County
From 1940 Texas state map #4335

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Port Alto, Texas Area Towns:
Olivia | Port Lavaca | Port O'Cornnor | Edna
See Calhoun County | Texas Gulf Coast

Book Hotel Here:
Port Lavaca Hotels | More Hotels

Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEXAS:

TEXAS COUNTIES



TEXAS REGIONS

  • Central Texas - North
  • Central Texas - South
  • East Texas
  • West Texas
  • South Texas
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Texas Panhandle
  • Texas Gulf Coast

    Texas Towns A - Z


    Texas Ghost Towns


    Texas Architecture


    Texas Topics


    Texas History


    Columns - History/Opinion
  •  


    All Texas Towns :
    Gulf Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central North Central Woutn Central South Panhandle Panhandle
    South South Texas Hill Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Ghost Towns counties COUNTIES

    TEXAS ESCAPES CONTENTS
    HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | SEARCH SITE
    TEXAS TOWNS A-Z | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS A-Z | TEXAS COUNTIES

    Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
    TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | FORTS | MAPS

    Texas Attractions
    TEXAS TOPICS
    People | Ghosts | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Texas Centennial | Black History | Art | Music | Animals | Books | Food
    COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

    TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
    Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Rooms with a Past | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Stores | Banks | Drive-by Architecture | Signs | Ghost Signs | Old Neon | Murals | Then & Now
    Vintage Photos

    USA | MEXICO | HOTELS

    Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved