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Port Aransas - Part III

posted Mar 4, 2012, 3:54 PM by Michael Schwarz   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 1:27 AM ]
We have recently made a couple of excursions to nearby towns. We visited Goliad (about 70 miles northeast), which was one of the most important places in the Texas War for Independence. Goliad was as big or a bigger deal than the Alamo.
Santa Anna massacred hundreds of Texas rebels as punishment for resistance. They were dumped in a common grave and a memorial was erected there.

We headed to nearby Rockport and Fulton this afternoon for the Oysterfest. I would say the main attraction was drinking beer although they did have a "craft" tent.  The photo below was a representative sample of the crafts for sale.  I don't think we'll make it back there next year.

Farley Boats

Local history of the Farley Boat is that the charter boat operators needed an efficient and durable boat to run out of Port A in the early 20th century. Most of the boats available were compromises of one type or another. Fred Farley, an Alabama boat maker had a brother that lived in Port A got a message from his brother that there was money to be made here. He packed up and moved and thus began the history of the Farley Boat in Port A. Here is a photo of President Franklin Roosevelt fishing for Tarpon on a Farley Boat in Port A.

More importantly, for this story, the Port Aransas Garden club made concrete Farley Boat planters and sold them as a fund raiser. They are all over the island. Our goal is to get a photo of every one. We have a good start so stay tuned.  We'll let you know when we post the pictures to the Photo Gallery.

Coming up . . . Spring Break begins in a couple of days. Stay tuned. If you are reading this, leave a comment so we know who's looking at it.

. . . Cocktails await.