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ROCKPORT, TEXAS

Aransas County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

28°2'55"N 97°2'28"W (28.048645, -97.041185)
Hwy 35 on Live Oak Peninsula
11 miles N of Aransas Pass
30 miles NE of Corpus Christi
150 miles SE of San Antonio
175 miles SW of Houston
Population: 9,000 (2010) 7,385 (2000) 5,355 (1990)

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History in a Seashell

A timeline of important and significant events.
1865: Development of Rockport began right after the Civil War as a cattle processing and shipping port.
1867: Col. George Ware Fulton, namesake of Fulton, Texas, returns from Maryland
1870: Rockport incorporated as a town
1871: the year Aransas County was demarked from Refugio County
1880s: boat building and fishing industries develop
1886: The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway arrives
1890: The First National Bank of Aransas Pass opens - town gets electric lights.
1914: Population 1,382
1919: Hurricane nearly obliterates Rockport
1920s: Shrimp industry develops
1935: Harbors built at Rockport and Fulton
WWII: shipyard established in 1941 built submarine-chasing speedboats.
Present: Fishing, shrimp and tourism remain the town's major economic factors.

Rockport, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

Rockport Texas - AransasCounty Courthouse and Jail
Courtesy Terry Jeanson
Aransas County Courthouses
Goose Island Oak, The Big Tree, Bishops Tree, Lamar Oak
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2006
The Big Tree
AKA The Goose Island Oak

Texas' largest tree is found on the Lamar Peninsula of Aransas County in the Goose Island State Park.
 Rockport Cemetery
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 3-04
Rockport Cemetery
 Rockport Maritime Museum,  Rockport Texas
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, September 2007
Texas Maritime Museum
Rockport TX - Blue Heron
The Heron's Nest
The shuttle of birds back and forth overhead was immediately recognized as herons mating and building nests. We realized this was an ideal location to photograph this event.
depot
Rockport Depot

Rockport Chronicles
  • Rockport Ships by Mike Cox
    "All but forgotten today, in the early months of World War II a Rockport shipyard sent two dozen wooden-hulled subchasers down the ways to face iron-plated German U-Boats in the North Atlantic..."

  • Aransas Abattoir by Mike Cox
    Rockport used to be a coastal cow town, a place where hooves and horns drove the local economy, not fishing and tourism...

  • Pelican in Rockport, Texas
    "Between Christmas and New Year, a stiff wind has blown about 1 or 2 feet of water out of the bay exposing 'new ground'.
    Pelicans and sea gulls in Rockport, Texas
    The birds are lovin' it.
    Bicycle fence, Ken Rudine, Texas
    A bicycle fence
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2005
    Shorty Cline's Old Cafe, Rockport, Texas
    The former Shorty Kline's Old Cafe. (Owners; Mr. & Mrs. Gloria and Herbert R. "Shorty" Kline)
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2005
    Rockport , Texas street scene, 1950s
    Rockport in the 1950s
    Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/
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    Rockport Texas Aransas Bay view
    View of Aransas Bay
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
    unset at Rockport, Texas
    "Sunsets are prettier too."
    - Ken Rudine, December 28, 2005
    Rockport TX Deer
    "Deer run freely every night in a subdivision named Rockport Country Club Estates." - Ken Rudine, 2009

    Rockport TX - Cool Coast Camp painted sign
    Photographer Ken Rudine asks if anyone has any information on this sign painted on a barbershop in Rockport. It has been there for at least the last 30 years according to Ken. If anyone has any information to share on the pictured attraction or “The Cool Camp” itself, please write to editor@texasescapes.com with the word "Cool Camp Rockport" in the subject line.

    Follow Up to Rockport's Mystery Sign
    Our request for information on Ken Rudine's Rockport "ghost sign" brought a very interesting response from Amanda Barone. Who wrote:
    "My husband, who has lived in Rockport since the 70's had friends' parents that claimed the C's in the Cool Coast Camp were originally "K's", from the Klu Klux Klan, who apparently operated a camp near Rockport during the early 1900's. I found a link that described the brochure. I hope this helps. - Amanda Barone, Rockport, Texas, January 07, 2015

    Rockport area Tourist Information

    Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce
    404 Broadway Rockport, TX 78382
    Phone: 361-729-6445
    Toll-Free: 800-242-0071
    Toll-Free: 800-826-6441
    http://www.rockport-fulton.org/

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    Rockport, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Kingsville the county seat
    Aransas Pass | Corpus Christi
    See Aransas County | Texas Gulf Coast

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