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Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Artesian Park and Sulphur Well

 
 
Artesian Park and Sulfur Well Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, May 23, 2019
1. Artesian Park and Sulfur Well Marker
Inscription.  After a convention of Republic of Texas citizens accepted terms on July 4, 1845, for annexation to the United States, General Zachary Taylor brought 4,000 men of the U.S. 3rd infantry to Corpus Christi to defend the embryonic state from Indians or foreign powers. He remained eight months; more than two months after Texas became a state he marched to the Rio Grande. Among his troops in Corpus Christi were three future United States presidents (Taylor, Pierce, and Grant), and many other future celebrities. A landmark of Taylor's sojourn was a sulphur-rich artesian well he had drilled adjacent to the camp.

In 1854, out of regard for the significant well and campsite, and to give the city he had founded (1839) a public park, H.L. Kinney deeded and dedicated the well site and an acre of surrounding land to the municipality. This park is one of the earliest in Texas to have been given by an individual to the public. By 1900—when a bandstand, drinking fountain and walks had been installed by civic or private means—the park was regarded as an historic, greatly cherished city facility. More land was added in 1907-08 through efforts
Artesian Park and Sulfur Well image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, May 23, 2019
2. Artesian Park and Sulfur Well
The back of the marker can be seen near the center of the picture near the gazebo
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of the Woman's Monday Club. Use and improvements have continued over 120 years.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 213.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, Texas Independence. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor, the Former U.S. Presidents: #14 Franklin Pierce, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1845.
 
Location. 27° 47.974′ N, 97° 23.66′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on Twigg Street east of Mesquite Street (State Highway 544), on the right when traveling east. You must look carefully to see the back of the marker, it is near the gazebo and faces away from the street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 524 Twigg Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Guaranty Title Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (about 500 feet away); Site of the Corpus Christi Lighthouse (about 800 feet away); John Bernard Murphy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mother Margaret Mary Healy Murphy (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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Nueces County Courthouse of 1914 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Old Salt Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Nueces Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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