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

Elihu Harrison Ropes

 
 
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Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
1. Elihu Harrison Ropes Marker
Inscription.  Speculator and developer Elihu Harrison Ropes (1845-1898) had been a publisher, realtor, and insurance agent in New Jersey before coming to Texas on a vacation during the late 1880s. A venture along the Gulf Coast resulted in his plan to develop a deepwater port for Corpus Christi in order to promote industrial development and thus stimulate the town's growth and economy. Ropes' dream for Corpus Christi also included building a railroad from the port to the lower Rio Grande Valley and the development of the Port Aransas cliffs along what is now Ocean Drive.

Backed by Eastern investors, Ropes began his plan to dredge a 14-mile channel through Mustang Island. His equipment, however, was constantly in need of repair, and when the financial Panic of 1893 hit the country, the project was abandoned. Likewise, his dream for the cliffs resort area was not fully realized, as the grand hotel he constructed, known as the Alta Vista (burned 1927), was never opened to the public.

When the Panic of 1893 led Ropes' financial supporters to withhold their money, Ropes left Corpus Christi for New York, where he died in 1898. Although Ropes'
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Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
2. Elihu Harrison Ropes Marker
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goals lay unfulfilled, they did stimulate an interest in Corpus Christi's potential for development.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6331.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
 
Location. 27° 45.247′ N, 97° 22.59′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on Ocean Drive north of Ropes Street, on the right when traveling north. Inside Ropes Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clara Driscoll, the Driscoll Foundation & Driscoll Children's Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi (approx. 0.8 miles away); Alonzo Álvarez de Pineda (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sisters of the Incarnate Word (approx. 1.1 miles away); General W.W. Sterling (approx. 1½ miles away); Moses Menger Elementary School (approx. 1.6 miles away); Rabbi Sidney A. Wolf (approx. 1.6 miles away); American Flag Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
Ropes Park sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 12, 2010
3. Ropes Park sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022