Friday, June 29, 2007

Port Isabel Light House on Podcast

Port Isabel Lighthouse featured on Passport to Texas Podcast from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

For most of its 155 year history, the Port Isabel Lighthouse like a lonely sentry, kept silent watch over ships that ventured into the shallow gulf waters of the lower Laguna Madre. One of sixteen lighthouses serving the state, this renovated structure is evocative of a bygone era; one that continues to capture the imagination of visitors.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse was constructed in 1852, near sites of Civil War Battle of Palmito Ranch (1865) and Mexican War Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. The Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site in Port Isabel, Cameron County was opened to the public in 1952.

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Photo of Port Isabel Lighthouse from an early 1900s postcard, photo courtesy of

Grayson County Land Owner Atlas Maps

The 20th Century Platt Books of Grayson County, Texas published in 1908 are online now, part of an extensive map collection featuring 1200 U. S. County Land Ownership Atlases maps ranging from 1864-1918, across 34 states that were just added at The Grayson County map is the only one in the collection from Texas.