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in Corpus Christi
Founded in 1846 from
portions of San Patricio County.
Seat: Corpus Christi
after the Nueces River which runs through the county.
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.
Agua Dulce * Aransas Pass
* Banquete * Bishop
* Chapman Ranch * Corpus
Christi * Driscoll * Ingleside
* 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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History of Corpus Christi,
History of Port Aransas (Tarpon
Jan 2014: Civil War Roll of Honor
for Cahill, Harry Reynolds and Harry Douglass, Histories of Nueces
County, Bishop and
Oct 2013: Obits for MALLORY, ATKINSON, HOFFMAN,
DUBOIS, TURNER, HANDY, HAMLIN, GOODHAND, LAFFERTY, SCHATEEL,
CONSTANTINE, KENNEDY, PARHAM, WILLIAMS; Marriage
announcements for CHAPMAN-FURMAN; KINNEY-HERBERT;
ATWOOD-KING; MERRIMAN-VAN SLOOTEN
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