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


Rockport Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 19, 2012
1. Rockport Marker
Inscription.  The town of Rockport was founded by cattlemen J.M. and T.H. Mathis in 1867. Originally a part of Refugio County, it became county seat of newly formed Aransas County in 1871. Shipping and fishing provided the primary economic base of the town in its early years. The railroad arrived in 1888 and with it came a decline in the shipping industry, although shipyards were in operation during World War I and World War II. Rockport has been a popular recreation center over years, and tourism continues to be important to the local economy.
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4325.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 28° 1.796′ N, 97° 2.817′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Texas, in Aransas County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway Street (Business State Highway 35) and East Orleans Street, in the median on Broadway 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 markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aransas County (here, next to this marker);
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The Big Blue Crab (approx. 0.2 miles away); First National Bank of Rockport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith-Brundrett House (approx. ¼ mile away); Hoopes-Smith House (approx. ¼ mile away); Rockport’s Harbor (approx. ¼ mile away); Wood-Jackson House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fulton-Bruhl House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockport.
Rockport Marker in median of Business Highway 35 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Norman Frank, March 19, 2012
2. Rockport Marker in median of Business Highway 35
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2012. This page has been viewed 818 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2012. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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