Storm over the Bay : The People of Corpus Christi and Their Port

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-30
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
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Since the late 1830s, the natural harbor at the mouth of South Texas' Nueces River has been a center of regional maritime trade. But by the early 1900s, a storm of political wrangling, cronyism, and corruption was threatening to scuttle the city's efforts toward securing a dependable deep water port to attract international commerce to Corpus Christi. On September 14, 1919, a massive hurricane struck the bay, burying the downtown area under ten feet of debris and killing as many as one thousand people. The storm left millions of dollars of damage in its wake. The citizens of Corpus Christi, rather than being demoralized, however, were galvanized by the disaster. In gripping detail, author Mary Jo O'Rear chronicles the successful efforts of the newly unified Corpus Christi-efforts that culminated in the dedication of the Port of Corpus Christi on September 14, 1926, seven years to the day after the storm that devastated the city.Storm over the Baywill appeal to readers interested in regional history, politics, and economics. It is a must-read for anyone who appreciates Corpus Christi and its colorful past.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: View from the Bluffp. 1
The Place and the People
Barrier Isles and Bayp. 7
Castaways and Cattlemenp. 11
Outlets and Immigrantsp. 17
Promises and Potentialp. 26
Politicians and the Port
Populists and Patronesp. 39
Protests and Progressivesp. 48
Blocs and Ballotingp. 58
Targets and Trialsp. 67
Payback and Portentsp. 80
Devastation and Deathp. 95
Recovery and Resurgencep. 114
Commitment and Constructionp. 124
Postscript: View from the Bayp. 132
Notesp. 139
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 180
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