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Historical Markers and War Memorials in San Patricio County, Texas

Clickable Map of San Patricio County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> San Patricio County, TX (51) Aransas County, TX (72) Bee County, TX (44) Jim Wells County, TX (13) Live Oak County, TX (32) Nueces County, TX (150) Refugio County, TX (31)  SanPatricioCounty(51) San Patricio County (51)  AransasCounty(72) Aransas County (72)  BeeCounty(44) Bee County (44)  JimWellsCounty(13) Jim Wells County (13)  LiveOakCounty(32) Live Oak County (32)  NuecesCounty(150) Nueces County (150)  RefugioCounty(31) Refugio County (31)
Sinton is the county seat for San Patricio County
Adjacent to San Patricio County, Texas
      Aransas County (72)  
      Bee County (44)  
      Jim Wells County (13)  
      Live Oak County (32)  
      Nueces County (150)  
      Refugio County (31)  
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1 Texas, San Patricio County, Aransas Pass — 15982 — Aransas Pass First Baptist Church
The Reverend J.D. Hall guided the sixteen original members of Aransas Pass Missionary Baptist Church in the congregation's organization on October 17, 1909, almost six months before the city's founding. The church's earliest meetings were held in a . . . Map (db m182839) HM
2 Texas, San Patricio County, Aransas Pass — 13261 — First United Methodist Churchof Aransas Pass
Efforts to create a regional shipping center and port in this vicinity began in the middle 19th century. By 1890, plans were well underway to dig a ship channel and develop Aransas Harbor City. Residents of Aransas Harbor (now Aransas Pass) used a . . . Map (db m182775) HM
3 Texas, San Patricio County, Aransas Pass — 2262 — Great Land Lottery of Aransas Pass
In 1909, real estate developers E.O. Burton and A.H. Danforth embarked upon a land promotion scheme to take advantage of available land in Aransas Pass. They hired journalist W.H. Vernor to produce the "Aransas Pass Progress" which promoted Aransas . . . Map (db m182835) HM
4 Texas, San Patricio County, Aransas Pass — 17321 — John Wiebel VFW Post 2932
In 1899, the United States government passed a law establishing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as a fraternal organization to help veterans and their families. Influenced by the VFW, congress established veterans benefits in 1917 that included . . . Map (db m182776) HM
5 Texas, San Patricio County, Aransas Pass — 5230 — Terminal Railroad
Built in 1892, the Aransas Harbor Terminal Railroad ("Old Terminal Railroad") provided a means for transporting rock from mainland quarries to jetties under construction in the pass. In 1909 the Aransas Pass Channel and Dock Company was chartered . . . Map (db m201932) HM
6 Texas, San Patricio County, Aransas Pass — VFW
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2932 of Aransas Pass, Texas on this date would like to dedicate this UH-1 Huey helicopter as a memorial recognizing and honoring those brave men and women who risked their lives so that their fellow men may live in . . . Map (db m182815) WM
7 Texas, San Patricio County, Gregory — 2281 — Gregory
The town of Gregory traces its beginnings to 1886, the year the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad built a line through San Patricio County. The railroad and the local Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company joined forces to build a station here at a site . . . Map (db m182736) HM
8 Texas, San Patricio County, Gregory — 14741 — Gregory Schools
The town of Gregory was founded in 1887 when the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company and the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway agreed to build a town at the site of Corpus Christi Junction, the location of a rail spur that led across Nueces Bay to the . . . Map (db m182710) HM
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9 Texas, San Patricio County, Gregory — 17353 — Joseph French Green and La Quinta Mansion
Ohio native Joseph French Green arrived in South Texas after the building of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. During a lawsuit in 1886, the opposing counsel, David Sinton, was so impressed by Green that he hired him to manage the . . . Map (db m182713) HM
10 Texas, San Patricio County, Gregory — 4268 — Rincon Ranch
Youngs Coleman and his son, Thomas, established a south Texas ranching empire in the 1850's. The headquarters of their operation was here at Rincon where there was a fresh water depression. In 1871 the Colemans joined with George W. Fulton and . . . Map (db m209265) HM
11 Texas, San Patricio County, Ingleside — 1345 — Early Ingleside Schools
Early education in Ingleside began in the 1850s when settlers John P. and Susan Hatch Borden established Bay Seminary in 1854. The Bordens' school was closed by 1860. Henry Nold bought land from the Bordens and opened Ingleside College in 1857. . . . Map (db m206880) HM
12 Texas, San Patricio County, Ingleside — 14461 — Ingleside
The Ingleside community began in the 1850s when George C. Hatch purchased land on both sides of the bayou. He later acquired 3,800 acres of land and sold land to other settlers who built homes on the bayou and Ingleside Cove. John Vineyard is . . . Map (db m206883) HM
13 Texas, San Patricio County, Ingleside — 13849 — Late Pleistocene Ingleside Fauna
Known today as Swan Lake, this is the site of an archeological excavation that yielded one of the largest assortments of fossils found in a single locality in Texas. They were discovered in 1939 when highway engineers were digging for caliche to use . . . Map (db m182766) HM
14 Texas, San Patricio County, Ingleside — McGloin Bluff Marker
Colonists bound for the San Patricio Colony in 1828 aboard the Albion were becalmed and ran out of water several days from Aransas Pass. The priest kept them from drinking salt water by telling of a vision of fresh water running from sand . . . Map (db m212394) HM
15 Texas, San Patricio County, Mathis — 13981 — First Baptist Church of Mathis
Organized in 1905, the First Baptist Church of Mathis has served this community for more than 100 years. Thomas H. Mathis, for whom the community is named, offered two lots each to any church that would erect a building of worship. A Methodist . . . Map (db m206898) HM
16 Texas, San Patricio County, Mathis — 15106 — Thomas Henry Mathis Ranch
In 1879, following the dissolution of the Coleman, Mathis, Fulton Cattle Company, Thomas Henry Mathis (1834-1899) established a ranch he called the Henry Bend Ranch, named for a combination of his middle name and its location on a bend in the . . . Map (db m211732) HM
17 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — 6341 — Bethel Baptist Church of Christ and Cemetery
Organized on May 6, 1873, the Bethel Baptist Church of Christ was the first Baptist congregation in San Patricio County. The ten charter members represented the pioneer area communities of Sharpsburg, Moore’s Lake Settlement, and Meansville. Under . . . Map (db m205674) HM
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18 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — 14759 — Early Odem Area Schools
As population increased in south central San Patricio County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, independent schools were established in a number of communities, serving students in isolated areas before the construction of a good road system . . . Map (db m32378) HM
19 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — 12180 — First United Methodist Church of Odem
The Rev. F. H. Barnhouse held the first recorded church services in the city of Odem in the home of J. W. Wright in 1909. Soon after, Sunday School services were held in the vacant store that was formerly the site of the Gisler blacksmith shop at . . . Map (db m207389) HM
20 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — 12182 — Meansville and Kaleta
Meansville (3 miles southeast) Col. William Marshall Means, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, came to San Patricio County with his family in the 1850s and settled southeast of present Odem. Means was county sheriff from 1862 to 1867. The . . . Map (db m32865) HM
21 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — 17322 — Odem First Baptist Church
On Sunday, April 28, 1912, Baptists of Odem organized their own congregation. Rev. R.A. Cohran, General Missionary of the Blanco Association, was called to assist. With J.F. Janicke as clerk and W.B. Jones as moderator, Rev. Cohran read the . . . Map (db m165580) HM
22 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — Odem Veterans Memorial
In honor of all the veterans from Odem, Texas that have served our country in the Armed Forces Dedicated on November 11, 1987 by the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8916Map (db m165577) WM
23 Texas, San Patricio County, Odem — 14784 — White Point / Rosita
Native American tribes occupied land in this vicinity before Spanish explorers claimed the region in the 18th Century. Anglo American settlers began arriving in the area in the 1830s, and in 1856 brothers, Frank and Eddie White purchased land here . . . Map (db m32362) HM
24 Texas, San Patricio County, Portland — 826 — Chat Work Club
Formed by a group of thirty-three women on Valentine's Day, 1921, the Chat Work Club derived its name from the members' practice of working on sewing projects while conversing with each other. In 1925, they began raising funds for a Portland public . . . Map (db m95360) HM
25 Texas, San Patricio County, Portland — 4225 — Reef Road
Early settlers in the eastern and central areas of San Patricio County faced difficulty traveling across Corpus Christi Bay to Corpus Christi, the main center for trade. The Reef Road, which according to local tradition was discovered by Indians, . . . Map (db m209262) HM
26 Texas, San Patricio County, Portland — 6340 — Site of Bay View College
An important school of the coastal region, founded for scattered South Texas ranch children, by Thomas M. (1856-1943) and Alice Yantis Clark (1857-1913), of the family that founded Texas Christian University. The Clarks utilized 2-story "Hotel . . . Map (db m124473) HM
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27 Texas, San Patricio County, Portland — 12181 — Site of Indian Point Mass Grave of 1919 Hurricane Victims
In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 14, 1919, a hurricane made landfall in Corpus Christi after gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico for two weeks. Crowds packed the North Beach area for their last weekend of the summer season, . . . Map (db m220811) HM
28 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 330 — Battle of San Patricio
The battle of San Patricio was fought in the streets of Old San Patricio at 3:00 A.M. on February 27, 1836. The general council of the provisional government of Texas had instructed Francis W. Johnson and Dr. James Grant to lead an independent . . . Map (db m122042) HM
29 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — Education in San Patricio
Education in San Patricio began in 1830 on this site in the picket cabin of Catherine Hoy. In 1876 Saint Joseph's Convent was erected here. The Sisters of Mercy, having left Indianola after the Hurricane of 1875, came to run the Mother House and . . . Map (db m77425) HM
30 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 14201 — Josepha Rodriguez
Josepha Rodríguez, known as "Chipita," was hanged in 1863 for the murder of John Savage. She remained the last woman legally executed in the state of Texas until 1998. Little is known of Rodríguez' life, though it is believed that she was the . . . Map (db m122942) HM
31 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 3703 — Old Cemetery on the Hill
This cemetery is believed to have been used for generations by Indian tribes and Mexican settlers who lived in this area previous to Anglo colonization. Following the establishment of San Patricio de Hibernia in 1830 by empresarios John McMullen and . . . Map (db m121965) HM
32 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 6342 — Old Dougherty House
Location of noted St. Paul's Academy for Boys. Home of school owner Robert Dougherty (1827-1881), a refugee from 1840s Irish famine. Educated at St. Mary's College, Kentucky, Dougherty worked as a journalist and merchant before settling in . . . Map (db m77422) HM
33 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 4476 — Saint Patrick's Catholic Church
Empresarios John McMullen and James McGloin brought Irish Catholic immigrant families to Texas about 1829 to form a new colony, San Patricio de Hibernia. Under the direction of the Rev. Henry Doyle, the colonists established Saint Patrick's . . . Map (db m201902) HM
34 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 4549 — San Patricio County
Spanish exploration and activity in the area dated from 1519, through 1821, when Mexico won its independence. In 1828, James McGloin and John McMullen received a Mexican land grant here, to which they brought Irish colonists. County was created . . . Map (db m196119) HM
35 Texas, San Patricio County, San Patricio — 4550 — San Patricio de Hibernia
Founded in 1830 by John McMullen and James McGloin as the seat of their Irish colony under an empressario contract dated August 17, 1828 which was fulfilled by the empresarios 1830-1835. Named in honor of Saint Patrick the Patron Saint of . . . Map (db m77532) HM
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36 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 1094 — Courthouses of San Patricio County
Eight structures have served as the seat of local government for the people of San Patricio County since its earliest settlement. A building known as the "Log Courthouse" was constructed in San Patricio in the early 1830s to serve the people of . . . Map (db m201928) HM
37 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 13980 — First United Methodist Church of Sinton
Serving the community of Sinton since the early 20th century, the roots of the First United Methodist Church date back to earlier interdenominational services. Between 1894, when the charter for Sinton Town Company was granted, and 1908, there was . . . Map (db m190203) HM
38 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 3665 — Odem Building
The Sinton townsite company was organized in 1894 to promote the development of the new railroad town of Sinton. Local merchant David Odem, one of the founders of the townsite company, established himself as a prominent landowner and businessman . . . Map (db m201903) HM
39 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 4059 — Plymouth Oil Company and Plymouth Oilers
Pennsylvania-based Plymouth Oil Company was founded in 1923 by M.L. "Mike" Benedum (d. 1959). With operations headquarters in Sinton, the company profoundly affected the city's development by creating jobs, building company housing, and providing . . . Map (db m196120) HM
40 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — San Patricio County World War I MonumentSpirit of the American Doughboy
In Commemoration of our World War VeteransMap (db m213791) HM WM
41 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 12183 — Sodville Community
George H. Paul, a land developer from Iowa, joined forces with the giant Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company in 1907 and 1908 to sell 56,000 acres of land for a development. Mexican migrant laborers cleared the area of brush, which was so thick that . . . Map (db m211532) HM
42 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 5068 — St. Paul
The town of St. Paul began in 1910, the result of a land promotion operation by developer George H. Paul and the Shary Land Company. George Paul purchased 70,000 acres of land from local rancher J.J. Welder and divided the acreage into farm lots. . . . Map (db m211538) HM
43 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 5748 — Welder Ranch
R P 1807 1828 Original homesite and Mexican land grant of Don Felipe Roque de la Portilla and wife Maria Ignacia de la Garza Spanish Empresario in Texas 1807-1812 forerunner of Stephen F. Austin Founder of San Marcos de Neve 1807 Joined . . . Map (db m167087) HM
44 Texas, San Patricio County, Sinton — 12185 — West Sinton Community
In the early days of the 20th century, the land in this area was situated within the large J. J. Welder Cattle Ranch. George Paul developed much of the local acreage and attracted settlers from many states by advertising a "homesteaders" program . . . Map (db m211981) HM
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45 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — 943 — Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company
The Coleman, Mathis, Fulton cattle company was formed in 1871 by partners George Ware Fulton, Youngs Coleman, Tom Coleman, Thomas Henry Mathis, and J.M. Mathis, with headquarters in Rockport. The Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, with 167,000 acres . . . Map (db m206019) HM
46 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — 13188 — First Presbyterian Church of Taft
In the early 20th century, area Presbyterians met with other denominations in a tent, with various pastors holding morning and evening services. In 1909, the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Co. built a school and assembly hall, where local Presbyterians . . . Map (db m207394) HM
47 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — 11690 — First United Methodist Church of Taft
E. A. Hunter was appointed pastor to the Taft, Gregory, Portland and Ingleside circuit in 1910. Methodists in Taft and Gregory worked together to build Methodist worship and religious education in the area. A Methodist Sunday school had been . . . Map (db m207391) HM
48 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — 6343 — President William Howard Taft Visits Taft
In 1908, Charles P. Taft, director of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company (also known as Taft Ranch) extended an invitation to his half-brother, newly-elected President William Howard Taft, to visit the 165,000-acre Taft Ranch and the Taft . . . Map (db m208753) HM
49 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — 12186 — Site of White Point Mass Graves of 1919 Hurricane Victims
On Saturday, September 13, 1919, the last swarms of vacationers who packed the Corpus Christi beaches were warned that a massive hurricane, which had gathered strength in the Gulf for two weeks, was approaching the shore. Most ignored the . . . Map (db m211993) HM
50 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — 5189 — Taft Agricultural Industrial Complex
The Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company laid out the town of Taft on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad line in 1900. The intention of the company directors was to present Taft and surrounding farms as a model community to attract northern . . . Map (db m32927) HM
51 Texas, San Patricio County, Taft — Taft American Legion Memorial
This marker is a memorial to the brave men who served their country during World Wars I and II, and were members of the American Legion, John E. Flinn Post No. 419. The Post occupied this site from 1939 to 1987 when the site and building were . . . Map (db m212402) HM WM
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Feb. 26, 2024