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Port Aransas in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

U.S. Coast Guard on Mustang Island

 
 
U.S. Coast Guard on Mustang Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Henderson, August 5, 2011
1. U.S. Coast Guard on Mustang Island Marker
Inscription. The Aransas Pass has significantly influenced the economic development of the region. The natural waterway also has included treacherous navigational hazards. In 1878, the US Government addressed this situation when it established the first Aransas Life Saving Station on Mustang Island, at Cotter and Station Streets, the Station served the regional waters for several decades, but was destroyed by wind and storm surge flooding during the 1919 hurricane. The Coast Guard on Mustang Island served out of an interim facility until 1925 when the second life saving station opened. Erosion of the second station's concrete foundation, combined with an increasing workload, resulted in the structure's replacement in 1976.

In January 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional Act combining the Colonial Era Revenue Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service (Est. 1878) into the U.S. Coast Guard. In times of war, the Coast Guard joined the Nation's Military. During WW II, the primary lifesaving mission at Mustang Island grew to encompass the Ports, waterways, coastal security mission that required the Coast Guard to watch for enemy naval activity. Roving Coast Guardsmen and canine patrols monitored against incursion my enemy agents and saboteurs.

In the early 21st Century, the war on terrorism altered the primary Life
Picture taken from near the U.S. Coast Guard on Mustang Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Henderson, August 3, 2011
2. Picture taken from near the U.S. Coast Guard on Mustang Island Marker
Saving Orientation of the Coast Guard once again. The new mission structure required the Coast Guard to board vessels entering through the Aransas Pass to examine documentation and inspect cargoes, from the Port of Corpus Christi, U.S. Military Sealift Command vessels carrying armored vehicles and other materials to theaters of war were escorted by armed Coast Guard crafts. As a result, The Coast Guard on Mustang Island continued to safeguard lives and provide security.
 
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15257.)
 
Location. 27° 50.461′ N, 97° 3.754′ W. Marker is in Port Aransas, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is at the intersection of Port Street and West Cotter Street, on the right on Port Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Aransas TX 78373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Aransas Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Coastal Defenses at the Aransas Pass (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cementerio San Antonio de Padua (approx. 7.6 miles away); Site of Heldenfels Shipyard (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Hagarís Rockport Cottages (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Cedars (approx. 11.8 miles away); The Old Beach Road (approx. 12.1 miles away); Baylor-Norvell House (approx. 12.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Aransas.
 
More about this marker. Located near the Harbor in Port Aransas. Coordinates are approximate.
 
Categories. MilitaryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2011, by Steve Henderson of Marble Falls, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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