“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rockport in Aransas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site of Aransas Hotel

Aransas Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 16, 2012
1. Aransas Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1889 by civic leader and politician John H. Traylor, the Aransas Hotel covered this city block. The three-story structure, a major tourist attraction in Rockport had about 100 rooms and a massive open dining room with a 200 person capacity. Guests were entertained by orchestras, plays, a mounted bird display, and beach facilities. They could also cruise in Traylor’s yacht, or tour in surreys from the livery stable. Remodeled and named the Del Mar in the mid-1890s, it was sold in 1910. Deteriorated by 1906 and unused during World War I, the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1919.
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 183.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 28° 1.307′ N, 97° 3.059′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Texas, in Aransas County. Marker is at the intersection of South Austin Street (State Highway 70) and Wharf Street, on the left when traveling south on South Austin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockport TX 78382, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rockport’s Grand Hotels (here, next to this marker); Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rockport Pilot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sorenson-Stair Building (about 300 feet away); The Packeries of Rockport (about 400 feet away); The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad in Rockport (about 700 feet away); First Methodist Church of Rockport (about 800 feet away); Shipyards in Rockport (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockport.
Aransas Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 16, 2012
2. Aransas Hotel Marker
Aransas Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 16, 2012
3. Aransas Hotel Marker
Additional signage for Aransas Hotel
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2012. This page has been viewed 706 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2012. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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