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

Broadway Bluff Improvement

 
 
Broadway Bluff Improvement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2018
1. Broadway Bluff Improvement Marker
Inscription.
This 40-foot bluff became a distinctive border between uptown and downtown as Corpus Christi experienced rapid growth after 1900. With the encouragement of Mayor Roy Miller, New York engineer Alexander Potter began designing improvements to the Bluff and parallel Broadway streets in 1913. Miller's vision and Potter's plans reflected the "City Beautiful Movement" then popular nationwide.

The next year voters approved a $15,000 bond issue and construction began between Lawrence and Peoples Streets. The bluff was graded and filled to a uniform division between upper and lower Broadway streets. Massive concrete retaining walls were highlighted with elegant balustrades and grand stairways.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Sculpture at Peoples Street was designed by Pompeo Coppini in 1914. A $150,000 bond issue in 1916 extended improvements north to Mann Street, and property owners financed the south extension. John G. Kenedy donated land at the south end in 1920, where World War I memorials were placed in 1931. A pedestrian tunnel was finished in 1929, connecting Peoples and Schatzel Streets below with upper Broadway. Assistant city engineer Conrad Blucher supervised each phase of the improvement project.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1986
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Broadway Bluff Improvement Marker (<i>tall view; w/National Register of Historic Places plaque</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2018
2. Broadway Bluff Improvement Marker (tall view; w/National Register of Historic Places plaque)

 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 515.)
 
Location. 27° 47.803′ N, 97° 23.77′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Leopard Street (State Highway 407 Spur) and North Lower Broadway Street, on the right when traveling west on Leopard Street. Touch for map. Marker is located where Leopard Street/State 407 diverts around the Broadway Bluff to climb from Lower Broadway Street to Upper Broadway Street. Marker on the left (south) side of Pompeo Coppini's 1914 "Queen of the Sea" sculpture, fountain & staircase. Marker is in this post office area: Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lone Star Fair (a few steps from this marker); Corpus Christi Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gold Star Court of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corpus Christi Cathedral Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Centennial House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Nueces Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corpus Christi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Kinney's Trading Post (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
Regarding Broadway Bluff Improvement. National Register of
"Queen of the Sea" Fountain & Staircase (<i>marker visible left side; unrelated marker at right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2018
3. "Queen of the Sea" Fountain & Staircase (marker visible left side; unrelated marker at right)
Historic Places (1988), Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (1986)
 
Also see . . .  "Queen of the Sea" Fountain.
It is hard to recognize this fountain for being a memorial to the Confederacy, however, that is what it is. Funding was provided by the Daughters of the Confederacy, Corpus Christi Chapter with additional funds being donated from the two newspapers that were published in Corpus Christi at that time. (Submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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"Queen of the Sea" Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 16, 2018
4. "Queen of the Sea" Sculpture
King Neptune and Mother Earth hold a crown above an allegorical female (representing the city of Corpus Christi), who carries a bouquet of flowers and the keys of success. A ship under full sail is carved behind Neptune, while a plowman tills the soil behind Mother Earth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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