125th anniversary of destruction of Indianola to be remembered Saturday

Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.

Indianola was once known as the "Queen City of the West" before the port city, already battered by one hurricane, was ultimately destroyed by another.

There isn't much left of one of the great Texas ports of the 19th century. After a hurricane all but demolished the town in 1875, another came along in 1886 that finished the town off, but the Calhoun County Historical Commission is determined to honor the town that once was.

Saturday is the 125th anniversary of the hurricane that struck in 1886, wiping Indianola from the map. The commission is holding an event to honor the town, Remembering Indianola - Queen City of the West.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the La Salle monument overlooking Matagorda Bay. Activities will continue at 11:15 a.m. at the Bauer Community Center, 2300 N. State Highway 35.

The event will feature booths, Tommy Garrison will recite a poem about Indianola and Brian Burns will provide music.

Organizers want to remember Indianola and to get people interested in the area.

Barbara Nation, administrative assistant of the Port Lavaca Chamber of Commerce, has been working with the historical commission to get the program organized. She said they feel it is important that Indianola is not forgotten.

"They're trying to bring it to life to people because it just has such a history. To me, it's just an amazing history," Nation said.



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