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GREGORY, TEXAS

San Patricio County, Gulf Coast
Highways 181, 35 and 361
3 miles NE of Portland
11 miles NE of Corpus Christi
13 miles W of Aransas Pass
17 miles W of Port Aransas

Population: 2,318 (2000) 2,458 (1990)

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Gregory Texas old depot
The old Gregory depot
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

The Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company and the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway partnered to build the town - which was named after U.S. attorney general Thomas Watt Gregory. The location was to be the point on the railroad where the rails split to go to Corpus Christi.

1887: A post office was granted
1890: First settler - J. S. M. McKamey, bought a two-mile-square block of land north of Gregory
1891: Coleman-Fulton gave land and built the first schoolhouse
1892: Population reaches 250
1898: Coleman-Fulton moves headquarters to Gregory
1900: McKamey opened a bank.
1909: Hotel Green is built - one of the finest hotels on the coast. President Taft visits the Coleman Fulton Ranch.
1920s: Gregory declined when company offices move to Taft. The hotel moved to Taft in 1922.

Don Williams

Gregory high school (now part of Portland-Gregory ISD) is where country music legend Don Williams went to school. Williams was raised here and sings about his childhood there in the song Good ol' Boys Like Me."The smell of cape jasmine through the window screen. I can still hear the soft southern winds in the live oak trees."

Gregory is located near the Live Oak Peninsula, an area of the Texas Gulf Coast with an abundance of Live Oak trees. - Ken Rudine


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Old Texaco gas station, Gregory, Texas
An old Texaco station. TE photo, 1999
Gregory, Texas water tower
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007
Gregory historical marker, Texas
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2007

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