Remember, the history of this area where I call home was not incorporated as a city of Texas until 1852...so, unlike the "Old World" with history dating back centuries ago, we are the "New World"!!
At the American Bank Center and the seawall, I turned to walk a more westerly direction. I was now facing toward what the city has dubbed the area ahead of me by a few blocks, Heritage Park. Here, through many decades of occasional house moving, old, historic homes have been relocated into one section of land...all with Texas State Historical Markers [which you should be able to read about each one if interested; click to enlarge]. Walking the brick pathway I stopped at, and photographed, nine homes for this post: Some excerpts have been re-edited by me for shorter length...
excerpt: "The French family settled in Corpus Christi in 1882, owner was a builder of the Texas-Mexican Railroad..."
excerpt: "The house was owned by a rancher and once used as a hospital during the Yellow Fever Epidemic..."
excerpt: "Veteran of the Spanish-American War and WWI, he was a prominent cotton farmer, and owned a cotton gin..."
excerpt: "Gugenheim, a Native Texan, came to Corpus Christi, to become a wealthy man..."
excerpt: "One of two houses originally constructed by Mrs. Sidbury in 1893..."
excerpt: "Julius was three when his family moved to Corpus Christi...opened a Dry Goods Store..."
excerpt: ..."Widow McCampbell hired an architect to build a home in Corpus Christi's Irishtown..."
...excerpt: "Benito Grande moved to Corpus Christi in the late 1860s..."
For the last home, number 9 of photos, I could not find a marker, but read this online...
- "Hattie Moore Littles is believed to have been one of the first black natives of Corpus Christi. In 1915, she and her husband, Willis, employed by John G. Kenedy, a rancher [of the King Ranch legacy], and were baptized the first black Catholics of Corpus Christi. John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy were their godparents. Hattie and Willis were employed by many prominent families in Corpus Christi. When the Littles retired, the Kenedys gave them this house. Its original site is unknown..." You can read more from the link I provided below...
After walking through the park and enjoying the shade of the live oak trees, I ventured on toward the ship channel and hoping to get some views of the Port of Call below the Harbor Bridge. On the way, a couple more museums. I will conclude my Sunday walk in the last episode to come soon!!
Read More on Historic Homes and Corpus Christi History:
Corpus Christi Texas Time Line
Nueces County Historical Markers
Sunday Morning - Part I [Museum, Sculptures, Fountain]
Sunday Morning - Part II [Seawall, Shrimp Boats, Cargo Ships]