Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Lone Star Fair
Henry L. Kinney (b. 1814), founder of Corpus Christi, began by October 1851 to organize the Lone Star Fair to boost local economy. The fair was publicized to attract new settlers to the area, but was a thinly-veiled attempt to recruit men for the army of Gen. Jose J.M. Carbajal, a Virginia-educated revolutionary who was trying to liberate northern Mexico. Kinney called on Dr. Ashbel Smith of Galveston, Governor P.H. Bell, and ex-governors J.P. Henderson and G.T. Wood to help promote the fair. Kinney advertised internationally and went deeply into debt to build the facilities.
When the fair opened, May 1, 1852, main attractions included races on a new racetrack, bullfights by the noted Mexico City Matador, Don Camarena, the popular Maltby's Circus, a theatrical troupe from New Orleans, philosophical oratory, stock and agricultural shows, and exhibitions of horsemanship and wild bull riding, with prizes for all competitive events.
Kinney planned for an attendance of 30,000, but only 2,000 visitors appeared. The failure of the fair was attributed to the remoteness of Corpus Christi, poor transportation, and the revolutionary activity the fair supported. The venture bankrupted Kinney and he soon departed for Nicaragua to recoup his fortunes.
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical
Location. 27° 47.809′ N, 97° 23.769′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Antelope Street and North Lower Broadway Street, on the right when traveling east on Antelope Street. Touch for map. Marker is located where Antelope Street diverts around Broadway Bluff to descend from North Upper Broadway Street to North Lower Broadway Street. Antelope Street becomes Peoples Street at this point. Marker on the right (north) 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. Broadway Bluff Improvement (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); Site of Nueces Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Centennial House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corpus Christi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Kinney's Trading Post (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
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In 1852 Kinney organized the Corpus Christi Fair in an effort to promote the region. But though the fair itself was a success, Kinney was less successful in luring settlers, and he began to lose a great deal of money. In order to recover some of his losses, he went to Washington in an attempt to persuade the government to invest in several schemes, including a camel corps to transport goods from Corpus Christi to San Francisco and an army hospital in Corpus Christi. None of the ideas ever materialized, and Kinney embarked on a new venture to establish a colony in Nicaragua. (Submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.