Port Bolivar in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
While commanding a filibuster to win Texas independence, James Long established Fort Las Casas on Bolivar Point in 1820-21. His wife, Jane Herbert (Wilkinson), gave birth to a daughter, Mary James, in December 1821 at the fort. Mary James Long is often referred to as the first Anglo child born in Texas.
A lighthouse, erected here by the Federal government in 1852 and later dismantled by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, was rebuilt after the war. Many area residents sought shelter within the lighthouse during the damaging storms of 1900 and 1915.
The Gulf and Interstate Railroad was completed from Beaumont to Bolivar Point in 1896. A boon to peninsula farmers, the railroad was destroyed in the 1900 storm, then rebuilt in 1903. Ferry service, purchased by the Texas Highway Department in 1933, continues to provide free public access to Galveston Island.
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
Location. 29° 22.083′ N, 94° 45.499′ W. Marker is in Port Bolivar, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 87 and Anderson Avenue, on the right when traveling east on State Highway 87. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to Fort Travis Seashore Park. Marker is in this post office area: Port Bolivar TX 77650, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long (a few steps from this marker); Fort Travis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Point Bolivar (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Fort San Jacinto (approx. 2.3 miles away); Galveston Island (approx. 2.9 miles away); Galveston, C. S. A. (approx. 3.6 miles away); Galveston Medical College (approx. 4.1 miles away); "Old Red" (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Bolivar Point in The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on May 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
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