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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Port Isabel, Texas
Location of Port Isabel, Texas
► Cameron County (107) ► Hidalgo County (45) ► Willacy County (5)
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| The son of Joseph Champion, an Italian immigrant who settled in Texas in 1855, Charles Champion was born on February 2, 1870, in Old Point Isabel. He served as district clerk in Hidalgo County before purchasing the Hess General Store in Old Point . . . — — Map (db m165642) HM|
|The beacon for the commerce of the Rio Grande
Erected by the United States Government in 1852
Extinguished during the Civil War
Discontinued, 1888 - 1895
Permanently discontinued, 1905
Erected by the State of Texas . . . — — Map (db m156329) HM|
| Encompassing almost one acre of land, the Port Isabel Cemetery is located on property granted to Don Rafael Garcia by the government of Mexico in 1829. The land was known as the Santa Ysabel Grant, and Garcia soon established a ranch he named El . . . — — Map (db m165644) HM|
Built of brick brought from New Orleans by schooner, the beacon’s 16 mile range guided ships into the harbor and to the Rio Grande, bringing commerce to SW Texas. Darkened during the Civil War, it was used as a lookout by both Union and . . . — — Map (db m156332) HM|
| After Texas seceded and joined the Confederacy, the Federal Navy in late 1861 blockaded this port with the U.S. "Santiago de Cuba". Commerce stoppage caused removal of customs offices to Brownsville and some civilians to neutral Bagdad, Mexico. . . . — — Map (db m165643) HM|
|The Port of Matamoros was established in 1824. Commercial cargo, shipped mainly from New Orleans and other U.S. ports, was unloaded at the Port and transported overland to Matamoros, Reynosa, Camargo, Monterrey, and Mier. Mexico maintained a . . . — — Map (db m16542) HM|
| Built by 1906 to lodge Rio Grande Railroad Company passengers and tourists, especially fishermen and hunters, the Queen Isabel Inn was first known as "Point Isabel Tarpon & Fishing Club". The hotel hosted family train excursions from Brownsville . . . — — Map (db m165640) HM|
| A Mexican village developed on this point, settled by Mexican ranchers in the 1700s. The village was abandoned prior to the U.S. declaration of war with Mexico in 1846. U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor occupied the point on March . . . — — Map (db m156334) HM|