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Port Bolivar in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Port Bolivar

 
 
Port Bolivar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 5, 2011
1. Port Bolivar Marker
While this marker indicates it was first erected in 1995, this one appears to be new and may be a replacement for one lost (either at this location or some other location) in Hurricane Ike in 2008 which devastated much of Bolivar peninsula.
Inscription. Surveyor Samuel D. Parr claimed a league of land extending 5 miles eastward from Point Bolivar and in 1838 became the area's first permanent settler. That year developers Archibald Wynn and William Lawrence purchased about 1000 acres of Parr's land and surveyed a townsite name Ismail (Ishmael). When the first post office was established in 1876 the community's name became Gabion. The community was renamed Port Bolivar in 1893.

In 1896 developers L.P. Featherstone and Fox Winnie constructed a railroad line connection Point Bolivar to Galveston and Beaumont. Featherstone was instrumental in dredging a channel and building a wharf, where the first cargo ship landed in 1909. The town prospered and by 1911 contained a schoolhouse and a Methodist church. Business activity at the wharf continued to expand and Port Bolivar's economy surged.

Shipping worldwide slowed at the outset of World War I and use of the wharf declined. In 1915 the town and wharf were severely damaged by a storm and many facilities were never rebuilt. The community turned to commercial fishing and tourism to successfully revitalize its economy. Regular ferry service to the mainland, which began in 1930, continues today.
 
Erected 1995 by
Marker sits just outside the Port Bolivar cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 5, 2011
2. Marker sits just outside the Port Bolivar cemetery
Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 24.912′ N, 94° 42.649′ W. Marker is in Port Bolivar, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on State Highway 87. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Bolivar TX 77650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bolivar Point (approx. 4.3 miles away); Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long (approx. 4.3 miles away); Point Bolivar (approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Fort Travis (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fort San Jacinto (approx. 6.1 miles away); Galveston Island (approx. 7.1 miles away); Galveston, C. S. A. (approx. 7.8 miles away); Galveston Medical College (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Bolivar.
 
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Port Bolivar Cemetery marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, November 5, 2011
3. Port Bolivar Cemetery marker
This marker describing the Port Bolivar cemetery is located just inside cemetery outside of which the Port Bolivar marker is located.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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