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

Fulton Seafood Industry

 
 
Fulton Seafood Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, August 29, 2012
1. Fulton Seafood Industry Marker
Inscription. Seafood has always been a Fulton staple. As early as the 1880s, commercial fishing for trout, redfish, sheepshead, turtles, and oysters had become significant for Fultonís economy. About 1888, David Rockport Scrivner opened Miller Brothers Fish Company at Broadway on the waterfront, and utilized sailing scows whose nets captured up to 2,000 pounds in a catch.

In the early 1900s, local fishermen began harvesting shrimp and building boats in their home yards. By the 1950s, the Fulton harbor front included the Casterline Fish Co., Fulton Fish Co., Fulton Fish and Oyster Co., Rauquette & Wendell Fish Co., Johnson Fish Co., and Dietrich Brothers Seafood.

The Casterlines—Cecil, Frank, then L.E.—had a plant where workers packed shrimp as well as oysters, paying wages in tokens that could be cashed or spent in town.

In 1975, the family of Nguyen Van Ban became the first of dozens of Vietnamese immigrant families to move to Fulton to work in the shrimping industry. Within a few years, several had built their own boats.

In 1979, the town of Fulton began its annual celebration, Oysterfest, to honor the importance of the fishing industry to the community.
 
Erected 2012 by Town of Fulton, Aransas County Historical Society, Inc., and Aransas County Historical
Fulton Seafood Industry Marker on corner image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, August 29, 2012
2. Fulton Seafood Industry Marker on corner
Commission. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Location. 28° 3.702′ N, 97° 2.064′ W. Marker is in Fulton, Texas, in Aransas County. Marker is at the intersection of South Fulton Beach Road and Broadway Street (Farm to Market Road 3036), on the right when traveling north on South Fulton Beach Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 61 Broadway St, Fulton TX 78358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tourist Courts and Cottages (within shouting distance of this marker); Fulton Harbor (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fulton Packeries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Marion Packing Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fulton Community Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fulton Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Home of George W. Fulton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fulton (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fulton.
 
Regarding Fulton Seafood Industry. Nice fish markets and restaurants near this corner, too.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Street Sign at corner for Fulton Seafood Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, August 29, 2012
3. Street Sign at corner for Fulton Seafood Industry Marker
Rouquette Wendell street sign near Fulton Seafood Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, August 29, 2012
4. Rouquette Wendell street sign near Fulton Seafood Industry Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Norman Frank of Rockport, Texas. This page has been viewed 474 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Norman Frank of Rockport, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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