This collection of postcards tells the story of Aransas County from the 1870s through the 1970s. Rockport acquired its name from the Rocky Point, a limestone ledge in Aransas Bay. It was a safe harbor for ships that transported products from the cattle packing plants that flourished in the county after the Civil War. Range cattle were gathered from South Texas to supply the packeries.
By the early 1900s, Aransas County was a tourist destination with the coming of the railroad. People came from all over the country to enjoy the bay waters, boating, fishing, and hunting. They also came to just relax.
In the 1920s the seafood industry—fish, oysters, shrimp—began to contribute heavily to the economy.
The postcards in this book offer a snapshot of what was occurring in Aransas County during these times.