COLLEGEPORT, TEXAS

The Town of Opportunity

 


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DEDICATED TO THE PIONEERS WHO SETTLED THE
COLLEGEPORT AREA AND TO THOSE WHO FOLLOWED--
THEIR LEGACY IS OUR HERITAGE, THEIR MEMORY--
OUR INSPIRATION.  

MOPAC HOUSE FOUNDATION - 2004 -

COLLEGEPORT, TEXAS

The Town of Opportunity

Marker Program

Photo courtesy of G. W. Franzen

SIGNIFICANT DATES IN COLLEGEPORT HISTORY

COLLEGEPORT FOUNDED - MAY 25, 1908
GULF COAST UNIVERSITY OF INDUSTRIAL ARTS 1909 - 1915
INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE 1909 - 1935
GRAND OPENING OF COLLEGEPORT - MAY 25, 1909
POST OFFICE - 1909
FIRST CHURCH - FEDERATED (14 DENOMINATIONS) 1909 - 1922
CEMETERY - CA 1909
WOMAN'S CLUB - 1910
GRACE CHAPEL OF ST. MARY'S MISSION (EPISCOPAL) 1910 - 1926
MISSOURI-PACIFIC RAIL SERVICE 1911 - 1933
PUBLIC LIBRARY - 1912
BAY VIEW PUBLIC SCHOOL 1912 - 1947
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - 1922
MOPAC HOUSE FOUNDATION - 1935
MOPAC HOUSE OPENED - MAY 4, 1935
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - 1949
COLLEGEPORT AREA VFD - 1965

 

Photo courtesy of G. W. Franzen
 

COLLEGEPORT

Jonathan Edward Pierce and Abel Brown Pierce hired land developer Burton D. Hurd to sell off 9,000 acres of their ranch lands in 1908. The agreement with Hurd called for the development of a town that would include a college and a port on Trespalacios Bay.

Advertising the venture in newspapers of northern states, Hurd promoted the area's mild climate and promising farming opportunities. A number of families relocated to Collegeport to purchase land, establish farms, and build new homes.

The Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts, the college promised by the town's developer, opened in 1909, served by the Missouri Pacific (Mopac) railroad. Collegeport grew quickly and by 1912 included a bank, post office, school, two churches, retail stores and other commercial businesses. It boasted the county's first free public library, its first boy scout troop, and the Woman's Club founded in 1910.

In 1914 a heavy freeze killed most of the farmers' crop, and the area experienced a drought and a disease which devastated the livestock herds, causing many families to move away. The railroad depot was dismantled, rebuilt as Mopac House, and attached to the public library in 1935.

 

Photo courtesy of G. W. Franzen

 

Historical Marker Narrative

 


 

COLLEGEPORT INFORMATION

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Collegeport Boy Scouts

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 Created
Feb. 7, 2005
Updated
Aug. 4, 2012
   

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