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

Site of the Corpus Christi Lighthouse

 
 
Site of the Corpus Christi Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, February 20, 2022
1. Site of the Corpus Christi Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.  

In the late 1850s, Col. John M. Moore began dredging operations in the bay to create a large harbor for Corpus Christi. The U.S. Lighthouse Service purchased this site from J. Burnside and Co. on March 13, 1857, and soon built a brick lighthouse to serve as a beacon for vessels approaching the new port.

The outbreak of the Civil War interrupted plans for harbor construction. During the war Confederate forces used the lighthouse as a powder magazine. In 1863, a Federal invasion threatened, and a group of loyal Confederate youths decided, without authority, to destroy the lighthouse arsenal to prevent its capture. They filled a butter churn with gunpowder and placed it beside the structure. The resulting explosion and fire damaged the tower, but failed to ignite the storehouse of powder inside. The boys first hid in a nearby cemetery, then fled to a salt marsh north of the city. Their identities were, for years, a well-kept secret. After the war, repairs were made to the lighthouse and it returned to use.

The old beacon was abandoned in the mid-1870s and soon fell into disrepair. About 1878, city aldermen declared
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it a dangerous public nuisance and it was dismantled shortly thereafter.
 
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6311.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 13, 1857.
 
Location. 27° 47.899′ N, 97° 23.772′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on North Upper Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 723 N Upper Broadway, 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. John Bernard Murphy (within shouting distance of this marker); Mother Margaret Mary Healy Murphy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lone Star Fair (about 500 feet away); Broadway Bluff Improvement (about 600 feet away); Artesian Park and Sulphur Well (about 800 feet away); General Zachary Taylor Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Guaranty Title Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
Site of the Corpus Christi Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, February 20, 2022
2. Site of the Corpus Christi Lighthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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