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ROCKPORT, TEXAS

Aransas County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast
Hwy 35 on Live Oak Peninsula
11 miles N of Aransas Pass
30 miles NE of Corpus Christi
150 miles SE of San Antonio
175 miles SW of Houston

Population 7,385 (2000) 5,355 (1990)

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History in a Seashell

A timeline of important and significant events.
1865: Development of Rockport began right after the Civil War as a cattle processing and shipping port.
1867: Col. George Ware Fulton, namesake of Fulton, Texas, returns from Maryland
1870: Rockport incorporated as a town
1871: the year Aransas County was demarked from Refugio County
1880s: boat building and fishing industries develop
1886: The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway arrives
1890: The First National Bank of Aransas Pass opens - town gets electric lights.
1914: Population 1,382
1919: Hurricane nearly obliterates Rockport
1920s: Shrimp industry develops
1935: Harbors built at Rockport and Fulton
WWII: shipyard established in 1941 built submarine-chasing speedboats.
Present: Fishing, shrimp and tourism remain the town's major economic factors.

Rockport Featured Destinations

Rockport Texas - AransasCounty Courthouse and Jail
Courtesy Terry Jeanson
Aransas County Courthouses next page
cemetery
Rockport Cemetery
Goose Island Oak
Goose Island Oak
Texas' largest tree is found on the Lamar Peninsula of Aransas County in the Goose Island State Park.
depot
Rockport Depot
 Rockport Maritime Museum,  Rockport Texas
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, September 2007
Texas Maritime Museum next page
Rockport TX - Blue Heron
The Heron's Nest by Ken Rudine
The shuttle of birds back and forth overhead was immediately recognized as herons mating and building nests. We realized this was an ideal location to photograph this event.
Pelican in Rockport, Texas
"Between Christmas and New Year, a stiff wind has blown about 1 or 2 feet of water out of the bay exposing 'new ground'.
Pelicans and sea gulls in Rockport, Texas
The birds are lovin' it.
unset at Rockport, Texas
Sunsets are prettier too." - Ken Rudine, December 28, 2005
Rockport Chronicles
  • Rockport Ships by Mike Cox
    "All but forgotten today, in the early months of World War II a Rockport shipyard sent two dozen wooden-hulled subchasers down the ways to face iron-plated German U-Boats in the North Atlantic..."
  • Aransas Abattoir by Mike Cox
    Rockport used to be a coastal cow town, a place where hooves and horns drove the local economy, not fishing and tourism...

    Bicycle fence, Ken Rudine, Texas
    A bicycle fence
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2005
    Rockport area Tourist Information
    Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce
    404 Broadway Rockport, TX 78382
    Phone: 361-729-6445
    Toll-Free: 800-242-0071
    Toll-Free: 800-826-6441
    http://www.rockport-fulton.org/

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    Shorty Cline's Old Cafe, Rockport, Texas
    The former Shorty Kline's Old Cafe. (Owners; Mr. & Mrs. Gloria and Herbert R. "Shorty" Kline)
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2005
    Rockport , Texas street scene, 1950s
    Rockport in the 1950s
    Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/
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    Rockport Texas Aransas Bay view
    View of Aransas Bay
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
    Rockport TX Deer
    "Deer run freely every night in a subdivision named Rockport Country Club Estates." - Ken Rudine, 2009
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