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The city's name means Body of Christ in Latin. The name was given to the settlement and surrounding bay by Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519, as he discovered the lush semitropical bay on the Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi. The city has been nicknamed "Texas Riviera" and "Sparkling City by the Sea", particularly featured in tourist literature.

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Corpus Christi was incorporated on September 9, 1852

1895 - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, kor'pus kris'tee, a post-town, capital of Nueces co., Tex., on Corpus Christi Bay, at the mouth of the Nueces River, about 140 miles S.S.E. of San Antonio, and 200 miles W.S.W. of Galveston. It is the terminus of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass, and of a branch of the Mexican National Railroads. It is supported mainly by trade, and has 4 newspaper offices, 2 banks, a convent, 6 churches, bottling-works, and manufactures of brooms, sash, doors, and blinds. Pop. in 1890, 4387.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1912 - Damage at Corpus Christi.
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Corpus Christi, Tex., Oct. 16. - The hurricane flag which was raised in this city this morning by the local weather bureau was lowered tonight and no unusually great damage occurred here from the high wind which reached a velocity of fifty-one miles an hour this afternoon. The raising of the hurricane flag today marks the first time that signal has been posted in the city in nine years. The wind continued steady today from the north at high velocity. The precipitation recorded here for the past twelve hours is 2.71 inches, making a total of 3.67 inches within the last thirty-six hours.

The only damage reported locally was done to the municipal wharf now under construction. Six batter posts recently occupied were destroyed and the total estimated loss to the municipal wharf is $1,000. Few small boats were demolished. The greatest damage reported in Nueces County was on Harbor Island. Wires were down to Port Arsansas and it was impossible to get a report from... Read MORE...

1916
Corpus Christi, kor'pus kris'tee, a banking city and resort, capital of Nueces cm., Tex., on Corpus Christi Bay, at the mouth of the Nueces River, and on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass and the Mexican National Rs., 200 miles SW. of Galveston. It has numerous canneries and is an important shipping point for fish, oysters, and turtles. Pop. in 1900, 4703.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1919 - Hurricane
This fearsome cyclone was first detected near the Lesser Antilles on September 2. It moved generally west-northwestward for several days, passing near the Dominican Republic on September 4 and into the southeastern Bahamas on the 5th and 6th. At that time it became a hurricane. A westward turn on September 7 took the center across the central Bahamas on the 7th and 8th and into the Straits of Florida on the 9th. The now large hurricane was of Category 4 intensity as the eye passed just south of Key West, Florida and the Dry Tortugas on September 10. A continued west to west-northwestward motion brought the center to the Texas coast south of Corpus Christi as a Category 3 hurricane on September 14. The cyclone dissipated over northern Mexico and southern Texas the next day.

Although hurricane-force winds occurred over the Florida Keys and the central and south Texas coast, no reliable wind measurements are available from near the center. A storm surge of up to 12 ft inundated Corpus ... Read MORE...

1936 - Hurricane Hits Coastline Near Corpus Christi - Refinery Is Badly Damaged At Ingleside
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Surprise Storm Causes No Loss of Life

Corpus Christi, June 27 (AP) - A small but intense tropical disturbance struck the south Texas coast without warning Saturday, moving inland a short distance north of Corpus Christi around noon and doing considerable damage over a small area.

A survey of the coast line as far north as Rockport, 30 miles northeast of here, showed that apparently the highest winds and the heaviest rains were felt between these two points. No deaths nor serious injuries were reported.

Refinery Damaged
Probably the greatest single loss caused by the storm was at Ingleside, 10 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, where an Humble oil and refining plant was severely damaged, the loss running into thousands of dollars. Three giant cooling towers were demolished putting the refinery out of commission for approximately two weeks.
A few boats were beached at Port Aransas, but the causeway leading from there to the mainland was open to travel... Read MORE...

1956 - May 22 - KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Corpus Christi is the 8th windiest city in the U.S. with an average wind speed of 12 mph.

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2023 - Corpus Christi has a lot to offer! Here's a list of places to go and things to do in this coastal city:
Corpus Christi Beaches:

Padre Island National Seashore: Enjoy the natural beauty of miles of untouched coastline. It's a great spot for birdwatching, camping, and just soaking up the sun.

Mustang Island State Park: Perfect for beachcombing, fishing, and even camping. The shores here are pristine.

Texas State Aquarium:

A fantastic place for families and marine enthusiasts. The Texas State Aquarium features exhibits on Gulf of Mexico marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, and various species of fish.

USS Lexington Museum:

Explore the historic aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which served in the Pacific during World War II. It's a fascinating journey through naval history.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History:

Discover the cultural and natural history of South Texas through interactive exhibits. It's a great place for both adults and kids.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center:

Stroll through beautiful gardens, witness exotic wildlife,... Read MORE...

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male ancestorWilliam Murray TROTT (24 August 1910, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - 7 January 1988, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
male ancestorCarl Walter KRUEGER (7 November 1923, Dudley, Massachusetts, USA - 2 November 1943, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
photo of Darla Jean SCHNEIDERDarla Jean SCHNEIDER (9 September 1936, Leming, Atascosa, Texas, USA - 31 July 2008, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)

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