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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Gulf Coast : Surfside Beach

SURFSIDE BEACH, TEXAS
AKA Surfside

Brazoria County, Texas Gulf Coast
On the Gulf of Mexico at the end of Highway 332
7 Miles E of Freeport
19 Miles SE of Angleton

Population: 763 (2000)

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Welcome to Surfside Beach, Texa
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
History in a Seashell

Besides being the mouth of the lengthy Brazos River, Surfside also surrounds the former limits of what was Velasco. Prior to the Great Storm of 1900, Surfside was a very popular resort of inland Texans who needed to cool off during the summer months. The Surfside Hotel - one of the largest and grandest of the resort hotels survided the hurricanes but eventually burned to the ground. Surfside remained mostly a beach until WWII when it was included in the newly designated "Brazosport Industrial Complex."

From a 1950s population of 1,208, it reached its high-water mark in the 1970s with a population of 2,300. The town incorporated under the name Surfside in 1975 but was renamed Surfside Beach in the late 1980s. By the late 80s the population had shrunk to a mere 604. The town still appears on the state map with a 2007 population given as 763.
Surfside Beach, Texas scene
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
Old Velasco Texas historical marker
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
Texas Gulf Intracoastal waterway historical marker
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Jetty concrete block
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2007
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