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Rockport in Aransas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions

 
 
Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, March 21, 2012
1. Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions Marker
Inscription. Since 1866, wharves and piers have been a part of Rockport’s shores. The first wharf, constructed to ship cattle, was at Rocky Point. Other wharves handled commercial shipping and passenger traffic. Sorenson’s Wharf extended into the bay behind the Sorenson & Hooper mercantile and ship’s chandlery store (1406 South Austin Street), which was established in 1887. Cargo was carried to and from ships on carts that rolled on rails on the wharf.

When the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad came to Rockport in July 1888, it constructed a wharf at the end of North Street so that boxcars could be rolled directly to the ships. Reportedly, passengers would fish from the train as they waited for cargo to be loaded.

In the 1890s, the Bailey Pavilion was built on the end of a wharf extending into Aransas Bay. Located in front of the Aransas Hotel (later the Del Mar), the Pavilion became the social and cultural center of the community. During the day, bathers splashed in its shaded waters and, for fifteen cents, could rent a private changing room. In the evenings, the Pavilion’s stage hosted traveling theatrical troupes, minstrels, and medicine shows. Rockport’s first graduating class (six students) held commencement there on May 17, 1907. The Bailey Pavilion was destroyed in the 1919 hurricane.
 
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Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, March 21, 2012
2. Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions Marker
2011 by Visionaries in Preservation, Aransas County Historical Society, Inc., Texas Historical Foundation, Texas Tropical Trail/Texas Historical Commission, Aransas County Historical Commission, City of Rockport, and Margaret Sue Rust Foundation. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 28° 1.317′ N, 97° 3.015′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Texas, in Aransas County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Wharf Street, on the right when traveling north on Water Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockport TX 78382, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Aransas Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Rockport’s Grand Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); The Packeries of Rockport (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rockport Pilot (about 400 feet away); Sorenson-Stair Building (about 500 feet away); The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad in Rockport (about 800 feet away); Aransas County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Church of Rockport (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rockport.
 
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First Eight Signs for Rockport's Pathways to History image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, March 21, 2012
3. First Eight Signs for Rockport's Pathways to History
#9 and Future Signage for Rockport's Pathways to History image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, March 21, 2012
4. #9 and Future Signage for Rockport's Pathways to History
 
 
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