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Nueces County Texas
Broadway in Corpus Christi
Founded in 1846 from portions of San Patricio County.
Seat: Corpus Christi
Named after the Nueces River which runs through the county.
Nueces County, including the entire area south of Bexar County west to the Rio Grande and east to the Gulf of Mexico, was formed from San Patricio County in 1846 and organized the same year. Corpus Christi, which was incorporated in 1846, became the county seat.
The population of the county, however, remained small. Although large numbers of fortune-seekers passed through Corpus Christi to join wagon trains heading west during the California gold rush of 1849, few settlers put down roots. Continuous Indian attacks and the relative isolation of the region kept away most would-be settlers. The first census of the county in 1850 showed a population of 689. During the early years of the Civil War, Corpus Christi was an important center for Confederate commerce. In 1859 no fewer than forty-five small vessels carried trade between Corpus Christi and Indianola. Small boats sailing inside the barrier islands transported goods from the Brazos River to the Rio Grande, while inland cotton was moved along the Cotton Road through Banquete to Matamoros and the mills of England. In an effort to halt the trade, Union forces seized control of Mustang Island in the fall of 1863. Corpus Christi was twice bombarded by federal gunboats, but the overland trade continued without interruption until the end of the war.Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0NUECES COUNTY COURTHOUSE
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Kingsville * La Paloma-Lost Creek * North San Pedro * Petronila * Port Aransas * Rabb * Rancho Banquete *
Robstown * San Patricio * Sandy Hollow-Escondidas * Spring Garden-Terra Verde * Tierra Grande * Violet *
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Apr 2018: Visiting News: BLUCHER, GUNST, MCGREGOR, MCALLISTER, ROBERTSON, GRIFFIN, KING, WESTHEIMER, GIBBONS, ARCHER, HICKEY, KAISER, POPEFeb 2018: Death News: FORD, FALVELLA, WRIGHT; Marriage News: PEARCE, POENISH; Sick List News: MCCAMPBELL; School: 1901 Public SchoolsJun 2017: Biographies: GUSSETT, HAFER
May 2017: History: 1914 County History; County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
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