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Corpus Christi colloquially Corpus (Latin: Body of Christ), is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County,it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio Counties. It is 130 miles southeast of San Antonio. Its political boundaries encompass Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay. Its zoned boundaries include small land parcels or water inlets of three neighboring counties.
The city’s population was estimated to be 320,434 in 2014, making it the eighth-most populous city in Texas. The Corpus Christi metropolitan area had an estimated population of 442,600. It is also the hub of the six-county Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice Combined Statistical Area, with a 2013 estimated population of 516,793. The Port of Corpus Christi is the fifth-largest in the United States. The region is served by the Corpus Christi International Airport.
The city’s name means Body of Christ in Latin. The name was given to the settlement and surrounding bay by Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519, as he discovered the lush semitropical bay on the Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi. The city’s nickname is “Sparkling City by the Sea”, particularly featured in tourist literature.
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Corpus Christi is the 8th largest city in Texas with an estimated population of 316,381.
Corpus Christi covers 452.2 square miles, of which 124.3 are land and 327.9 are water.
The average high temperature in July and August is 93 degrees.
The average high temperature in January is 65 degrees.
Approximately 8 million people visit the Corpus Christi MSA every year.
About 74 percent of area visitors are from Texas.
Tourism generates an annual economic impact of $1 billion for the Corpus Christi region.
In 2003 – 2011, nine consecutive years, Corpus Christi was declared the “Birdiest City” in the nation with more individual species counted than any other city.
The Corpus Christi area has over 113 miles of Gulf Coast beaches; visitors to Corpus Christi have access to nearly 70 miles of beachfront on Padre and Mustang islands.
More than one of every 10 non-agricultural jobs in the Corpus Christi MSA is related to the travel and tourism industry.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Port of Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the United States by tonnage shipped.
During the Civil War, the Centennial House on North Broadway became a confederate hospital.
While encamped during the fight for Texas’ Independence, General Zachary Taylor’s soldiers dug an artesian sulphur well at the site of what is now Artesian Park.
At the turn of the century, Water Street (one block west of Shoreline Boulevard) was at the water’s edge; hence the name.
The eight Miradores Del Mar (Spanish for “overlooks by the sea”) bayfront gazebos are copied from similar structures in Morocco, Mexico and Spain.
The Miradores Del Mar gazebos are free-standing and add no weight to the seawall.
Corpus Christi’s biggest recorded snowfall was 5 inches on January 29, 1897.
The area’s major industries are (1) petrochemical, (2) military and (3) tourism.
Former President George Bush, Sr. received his Naval Aviators wings at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Senator John McCain went through flight training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
Sailing champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Paul Foerster is from Corpus Christi.
Padre Island, the largest Barrier Island in the nation, is only 25 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi
The King Ranch is one of the largest and oldest working cattle and horse ranches in the world. The ranch has ranch history, wildlife and agriculture tours.
The King Ranch is 825,000 acres – larger than Rhode Island – and has over 2,000 miles of fencing.
Corpus Christi hosts the U.S. Open Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Regatta.
Corpus Christi is home to the official state aquarium of Texas.
A portion of the movie Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Alec Baldwin, was filmed on the USS Lexington.
Country music star Barbara Mandrell lived in Corpus Christi during part of her childhood.
Corpus Christi is home to late Tejano singing star and legend, Selena Quintanilla Perez.
Actress Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi and graduated from W.B. Ray High School.
The NASCAR Champions Terry and Bobby Labonte are from Corpus Christi.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.
Grammy Award winning singer Freddy Fender called Corpus Christi home.
Actors Dabney Coleman and Pepe Serna are from Corpus Christi.
Before writing the novel Old Yeller, Fred Gibson was a journalist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
The city is home to a number of popular destinations for both tourists and residents. The official visitor and tourism information organization is the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau. Some of the most visited attractions are located on North Beach, where the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay are located
The USS Lexington was also part of the set for the 2000 film Pearl Harbor. Corpus Christi’s museum district is located near the USS Lexington. Some attractions located in the museum district are the Museum of Asian Cultures, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the South Texas Institute for the Arts, and the Harbor Playhouse Theatre, one of the oldest continually operating community theatres in Texas. Heritage Park is also in the museum district, where a number of older restored houses can be found. The downtown area, of which the museum district is a part, is home to skyscrapers such as One Shoreline Plaza, company offices, various shops, a popular center of marinas, and Mirador de la Flor. Downtown also is home of the Texas Surf Museum, which explores the history of surfing and focuses on surf culture along Texas’ 367-mile (591 km) coast, as well as K Space Contemporary, a nonprofit art organization promoting and presenting local, regional, and national contemporary art.
The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, also located in the city, hosts gardening programs from time to time. On Oso Bay near the Pharaoh Valley subdivision is the Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge, known for seabird-watching. The nearby Pharaohs golf course also serves as a haven for coastal and migratory birds.
Directly east of Corpus Christi are Padre Island and Mustang Island, home to various municipal, state, and national parks, most notably the Padre Island National Seashore. The city is also near King Ranch, one of the world’s largest ranches, upon which the movie Giant was based.
The city also celebrates the annual Buccaneer Days Carnival, which is typically held downtown.
South Padre Island Drive (locally abbreviated as “S.P.I.D.”, with the letters pronounced individually), is the city’s main retail corridor, with two shopping malls, La Palmera (formerly Padre Staples Mall), and Sunrise Mall. Also, a number of other large shopping centers, small strip centers, and restaurants can be found throughout the city.
Alex R. Hernandez Jr. and his family live and reside in Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca, his children attend Corpus Christi schools. He is one of many attorneys in Corpus Christi but has been recognized for his work in Victoria where he lived for many years before relocating to Corpus Christi and for his work in Port Lavaca which is his hometown.
Alex R. Hernandez Jr.
Attorney at Law