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Shoreacres in Morgan's Point in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point

Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
1. Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point Marker
Inscription.  The peninsula on Galveston Bay known as Morgan's Point was named for early landowner Colonel James Morgan. Later the area became a favorite summer retreat for wealthy Houston residents who sought refuge from the oppressive heat and humidity of the city. The bluff attracted Gulf breezes and boasted spectacular views and recreational potential.

In 1893 twelve prominent Houston families formed the Bay Ridge Park Association and acquired 40 acres of land on which they constructed a resort community for summer residency. To allow each family beach front property the land was platted into long narrow lots chosen by ballots.

The first houses built were modest one-and two-story frame dwellings with verandas; most featured Eastlake and Queen Anne style detailing. Homes built in the early 20th century were designed by renowned architects and reflected various styles including Mediterranean revival, colonial revival, and prairie school. Among the many grand houses is one patterned after the White House built for Texas Governor Ross Sterling and his wife Maude. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the area is one
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of Texas' most significant seaside residential developments.
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10608.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 29° 40.196′ N, 94° 59.727′ W. Marker is in Morgan's Point, Texas, in Harris County. It is in Shoreacres. Marker is at the intersection of Bayridge Road and South Magnolia Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Bayridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 514 Bayridge Rd, La Porte TX 77571, 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. Governor Ross Sterling Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Wade and Mamie Irvin House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Morgan's Point Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Col. James Morgan (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Washington (approx. 0.7 miles away); John A. Grimes Memorial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Saint Mary's Seminary (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgan's Point.
More about this marker. Incise on back: Morgan's Point Historic District & Bay Ridge Park Associations
Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, January 7, 2012
2. Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 972 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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