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Corpus Christi from its founding in 1839 was called "Kinney's Ranch'' or "Kinney's Rancho,'' after founder H.L. Kinney. Within three years, Kinney in letters was calling the place Corpus Christi, after the bay. But years before, in 1836, Peter Grayson laid out a city called Grayson on the present site of Corpus Christi. Grayson, the attorney general of the Republic of Texas in 1837, had the place surveyed for a townsite in 1838, just before he killed himself during a painful illness. Grayson was a town on paper only.

The oldest names in South Texas came long before there were any settlements or towns. They were the names for huge blocks of land, the early Spanish land grants. They were called the Rincon del Oso, Rincon de Corpus Christi, the Santa Gertrudis and De la Garza grants, the Casa Blanca and Agua Dulce grants, the La Parra, La Barreta, El Penascal, El Chiltipin, Palo Alto, Santa Petronila, San Diego de Abajo and San Diego de Arriba grants. The old Spanish names were here for 100 years or so before the people came who couldn't pronounce them.

  • Last visit to Corpus Christi: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 5, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Oops... didn't mean to click that! Sorry! :)

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 1:32 AM

    The Zoo is no more. It was taken over by scam artist who got grants and spent the money on themselves. It has been bought again but I doubt it will ever be a real Zoo.

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    Dec 29, 2006 at 7:44 AM

    Thanks for a good look at Corpus Christi. Greetings from Augusta, GA. Marcai

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    Oct 22, 2005 at 10:37 AM

    Great Corpus page. I'm planning on coming here for a few days next year when I visit San Antonio.

  • chancay's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2005 at 8:37 AM

    thanks..am happy now... oh..Selena...tragical story...you like her music?

  • butterfly_girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2005 at 7:17 AM

    Nice Corpus tips and pictures...I'm only a few hours away from there and I have only been once...I better go again!

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2004 at 4:05 AM

    Love the dancing pictures, and the beaches look pretty cool too

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2004 at 7:34 AM

    Hello. You have a very interesting and helpful page. Best wishes.

  • hassan_abu's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 10:41 PM

    "Nice pelican! Nice zoo goat smile" too... :)

  • luna_tick's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2003 at 10:49 AM

    You got some 'silly' genes from your mother. ;-) I love the windsurfing and empty beaches here. Hashing?


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