Port Isabel in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Port Isabel Lighthouse
Built 1852 • Retired 1905
Built of brick brought from New Orleans by schooner, the beacon’s 16 mile range guided ships into the harbor and to the Rio Grande, bringing commerce to SW Texas. Darkened during the Civil War, it was used as a lookout by both Union and Confederate forces, and again during World War I.
The American Merchant Marine
United States Daughters of 1812,
Coryne Aston Boggs Choate,
9 February 1992
Erected 1992 by United States Daughters of 1812.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil • War, World I • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 26° 4.679′ N, 97° 12.445′ W. Marker is in Port Isabel, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is at the intersection of East Maxan Street and North Garcia Street, on the right when traveling east on East Maxan Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Isabel TX 78578, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this Old Port Isabel Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Polk (within shouting distance of this marker); Port of Matamoros (within shouting distance of this marker); Padre J. Nicolas Balli (approx. 2½ miles away); Site of Camp Belknap (approx. 8 miles away); Battle of Palmito Ranch (approx. 10 miles away); Last Battle of the Civil War (approx. 10.1 miles away).
Also see . . . The Port Isabel Lighthouse History. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on September 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.