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Gabe, great visiting with you at Magnolia Beach yesterday. Looking forward to the story.
It seems that my redneck housewife phrase of the day is, "out there."
The cemetery is interesting.
People have found arrowheads and cannonballs out there.
Some Taylors from the Sutton Taylor Feud were being tried out there in that courthouse when one of the storms blew in. They got away.
Port Lavaca has a man made beach...Magnolia is not, it is a shell beach.
For those who are NOT from around here, this is the reason Indianola is not a bustling community today:"The 1886 Hurricane was a classic Texas Style Cape Verde Hurricane: The storm originated in mid August just outside of the Carribbean Sea, moved through the Carribbean and Gulf, then made landfall in Indianola, Texas as at least a borderline Catagory 4-5, completely destroying the town. The storm’s intensity was unprecedented with a barometer reading of 925 mbs, and remains the strongest hurricane to ever hit Texas and at least the 5th strongest in US history. Due to the complete destruction of Indianola, and therby destruction of storm data, it is entirely possible that the Indianola Hurricane was stronger than records show. Damages from the hurricane in 1886 are unknown but catastrophic (it completely destroyed the most important port city in Texas). If a similar hurricane were to strike today, the damage would be equally as catastrophic and billions of dollars in damages would be caused. The coastline from Port Aransas to Bay City would be completely leveled by a 25 foot surge. Surge flooding might even extend to Victoria and Cureo via the Guadalupe River. With winds in excess of 155 mph, everything not destroyed by surge would be toppled by the extreme winds. Damages caused by these winds would probably be similar to those caused by Andrew. Severe inland flooding would also probably take place in the Texas Hill Country."–Source - wunderground.com
I have never been nor do I know much of the history of that particular area and somebody I know told me today it was a "constructed" beach - please enlighten me.
I'll find out, Kyle. Thanks for the history, LocalGirl and pilot.
Man Made???? Are you serious?
Is Magnolia a man-made beach?
Magnolia Beach and Indianola Beach are "all in one". Indianola is steeped in Texas History once being an inland seaport that rivaled Galveston in size. Many German Immigrants landed at Indianola eventually settling New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, Texas. Driving along Ocean Drive you will see about 50 blue signs that tell the story about how Texas was settled from this once huge seaport. There is a large granite marker where the town of Indianola once stood and a statue of the explorer LaSalle that first landed here.