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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Portland in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site Of Indian Point Mass Grave of 1919 Hurricane Victims

Site Of Indian Point Mass Grave of 1919 Hurricane Victims Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dani Gaona, February 1, 2015
1. Site Of Indian Point Mass Grave of 1919 Hurricane Victims Marker
Inscription. In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 14, 199, a hurricane made landfall in Corpus Christi after gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico for two weeks. Crowds packed the North Beach area for their last weekend of the summer season, most continuing to ignore the last-minute evacuation warnings of police officers, firefighters and soldiers from Fort Brown.

The rapidly rising water blocked vacationers from escaping to higher ground. As the water rose, people climbed to their rooftops and tied ropes to themselves and their children so that they might not be lost. A giant wave of water carrying oil from ruptured tanks on Harbor Island, timber from Port Aransas and cotton bales from a dock in Corpus Christi crashed down on North Beach, sweeping its victims into the black waters of Nueces Bay.

On Monday morning the sun rose on a scene of terrible destruction. Though the official death toll was 284, estimates place the actual number, including those lost at sea, at one thousand. In the ensuing days, the survivors worked together to rebuild their homes, rescue the injured and bury the dead in mass graves, some containing more than fifty bodies, using farm implements as undertaking tools. A month later the bodies were removed to Rose Hill Cemetery in Corpus Christi and other sites as requested by friends and family members.

Property damage and crop losses were estimated at twenty million dollars. The great storm of 1919 was the worst disaster to hit Corpus Christi in the twentieth Century. The mass graves at Indian Point were about one hundred yards east of this site.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12181.)
Location. 27° 51.417′ N, 97° 21.063′ W. Marker is in Portland, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker can be reached from Sunset Drive (Old Texas Route 35) east of U.S. 181. Click for map. Marker located near Indian Point Pier on a paved walking trail, Sunset Lake Nature Walk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Sunset Drive, Portland TX 78374, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. USS Lexington CV-16 (approx. 3.7 miles away); Rising Sun (approx. 3.7 miles away); Kamikaze (approx. 3.7 miles away); Chat Work Club (approx. 3.7 miles away); Julius Lichtenstein House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sidbury House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Merriman House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Kovner-Bobys Homestead (approx. 4.4 miles away).
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisasters
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dani Gaona of Portland, Texas. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 69 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Dani Gaona of Portland, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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