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Copano
History

 

 

"Going down the northwesterly shore of Copano Bay, the mouths of several marshes or sloughs are passed.  On the Simon Miller survey was the home of Joseph E. Plummer...Back from the bay is the old Plummer burial ground, where Joseph E. Plummer, senior and junior, are buried.

Going farther down the bay is the mouth of Plummer's Slough,...Up the slough is the old Copano graveyard, in which Walter Lambert and others...lie buried.

A scant mile farther down the hard sand beach is the site of the old town of Copano, founded by Colonel James Power.... 

About three-quarters of a mile down the beach is Power's Point,... the famous El Copano Landing, scene of so many events of this history.

On the bluff at the point was the noted Copano House, the old Mexican Custom House, mentioned in numerous depositions.  Near the site of Copano House was the two and a half story shell concrete home, which Colonel Power was completing at the time of his death, and in which his widow and family lived for many years thereafter.  Back of the Power home was the one-story shell-concrete cottage, built by Joseph E. Plummer, which was the first residence ever to be built at El Copano.  Also to the rear of the Power home is the great shell-concrete cistern, which antedates all other improvements at El Copano.  It was the source of fresh water supply to ships visiting the landing."

Source:  Hobart Huson, Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953 (2 vols., Woodsboro, Texas: Rooke Foundation, 1953, 1955)

Further Reading::
A Texas Coastal Bend Trilogy, Hobart Huson
Two Sea Captains Johnson, El Copano, St. Mary's of Aransas
Plummer Family Papers

Copano Bay
"A Voyage Out of Time"
by Murphy Givens, Corpus Christi Caller Times
Oct. 31, 2001
Horse Marines

"Ghost Towns of the Coastal Bend"
by Murphy Givens, Corpus Christi Caller Times
Nov. 18, 1998

Copano Residents 

1860 Census, Page 9

1860 Census, Page 10

1860 Census, Page 11

Captain Peter Johnson
Biography

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