Rockport in Aransas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Rockport’s Grand Hotels
Rail service changed Rockport from a cattle town to a tourist resort. The Congdon became the Orleans Hotel, and the Bruhl Hotel, located on South Water Street, became the Bay Side Inn. This two-story exclusive hotel was frequented by the San Antonio “social set.” Its front entrance boasted a single turret with windows. It was destroyed in the 1919 hurricane.
In 1889, John Traylor built the Aransas Hotel (later renamed as the Del Mar) near the Rockport Harbor. A three-story hotel with one hundred rooms, it was, at its opening, the largest wooden structure in South Texas. Orchestras played nightly in a dining room that seated two hundred people. It also had its own bakery, and its bedroom furniture was made by state prisoner in Huntsville.
The Del Mar survived the 1916 hurricane but was destroyed by fire on March 2, 1919, a few months
In 1900, the three-story La Playa Hotel was built on the Rocky Point south of the Del Mar. It became Rockport’s leading hotel until being partially destroyed by the 1919 hurricane. Eleven people, trapped on an upper floor during the storm, all survived. The 1916 and 1919 hurricanes ended Rockport’s era of grand hotels.
Erected 2011 by Visionaries in Preservation, Aransas County Historical Society, Inc., Texas Historical Foundation, Texas Tropical Trail, Aransas County Historical Commission, City of Rockport, and Margaret Sue Rust Foundation. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1863.
Location. 28° 1.305′ N, 97° 3.06′ 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 markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Aransas Hotel (here, next to this marker); Rockport’s Wharves and Pavilions (within shouting distance of this marker); Sorenson-Stair Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rockport Pilot (about 300 feet away); The Packeries of Rockport (about 500 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.
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