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Port Aransas, TX. How our Spunky Little Town Got Started

Last updated 6 years ago

Here's an article on the History of Port Aransas, TX. Here you will learn more about how our city came to existence. Why we were named Port Aransas, and the significance of Mustang Island

“Experts believe the islands along the Texas coast began life as submerged sand bars about 4,500 years ago. The island was first called Wild Horse Island, and then Mustang Island because of the wild horses called "mesterios" brought to the island by the Spaniards in the 1800's.” 


While visiting Port Aransas, be sure to view our historical markers, historic Lydia Ann lighthouse and historical cemetery located throughout our town. For additional history and an overview of Port Aransas/Mustang Island, visit the museum located at Alister and Brundrett and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute Visitors' Center located on Cotter at the beach.


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