Palacios Information

Palacios Information

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1910 Palacios Census Heads of Households and All Who Had Trades

Baptist Old Ministers' Home

BYPU Camper Drownings-July 21, 1921

BYPU Encampment Grounds

City By The Sea Museum - R. J. Hill Building

City of Palacios

Camp Palacios - Camp Hulen

Camp Palomar (San Marcos Academy)

Gulf Coast Industrial Academy

Historical Markers

Iuka House

LaSalle Odyssey

Luther Hotel - formerly Hotel Palacios

1942 Hurricane Pictures

1930 Palacios Christmas Shopping

1930 Santa Claus Letters

Palacios African-American School

Palacios Area Historical Association Museum

Palacios Baptist Academy - Palacios College

Palacios Buckeye Association

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Palacios Businesses

Palacios Chamber of Commerce Presidents & Award Winners

Palacios Cemetery

Palacios Chamber of Commerce

Palacios Hill Photos

Palacios History

Palacios Ideal Block Buildings

Palacios ISD

Palacios Library

Palacios Mayors

Palacios Newspaper Articles

Palacios Photographs

Palacios School Information

Nellie Mae Pasal - High School Scrapbook 1922 - 1925

The Rare Breed - Palacios Area WWII Veterans

South Texas Project

St. John's Episcopal Church

Texas Baptist Encampment

Travis Produce Company


Located on the southeastern coast of Texas, on Tres Palacios Bay, an intrusion of the Gulf of Mexico, is the finest summer and winter resort on all the gulf coast; is the geographical center of the midcoast section of the state; is an ideal location for homes; is the marker and supply center for a wide area of the richest farm and fruit lands in the South; is practically a new city, with exceedingly progressive people and superb opportunities. The settlers occupying the contiguous and adjacent farms and the citizenship of the city comprising a section that is in reality a rapidly advancing territory with every attraction for permanent residents, are farmers, homeseekers, workers, operators of industries, fruit growers, as well as transient, visitors for summer and winter.

Palacios was located by its founders on account of its ideal location and advantages for a city of homes--a healthful delightful and desirable place in which to live. The deep blue salt waters of the great ocean wash its shores, yet it is located as far inland from the open sea that danger from tidal waves or coast storms is impossible.

As a summer resort it fronts south on the bay, the prevailing south breezes from off the gulf have unobstructed sweep to the farthest limits of the city, and the bathing and dancing pavilion extends 100 feet out into the bay, where one can enjoy the advantages of fine salt water bathing and delightful pastime in boating and fishing.

As a winter resort a more delightful place during the winter months does not exist. The rigors of the bitter cold of the North are never known; the blizzard does not come, yet it is the sportsman's paradise, as the wild geese, ducks, quail and other game are here in countless numbers.

For healthfulness this particular section stands without a peer in any part of the world. There is nothing locally to cause disease, the country being elevated above the sea some eighteen or twenty feet on an abrupt bluff, drains easily and naturally, and hence is free from malaria. Another element which contributes to the health of the people is the pure artesian water, coming from a depth of from 300 to 700 feet, as clear as crystal and as soft as rain water.

All the staple crops of the South, besides many others, grew in prolific abundance. These include, rice, cotton, corn, Kaffir corn, broom corn, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, peanuts, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, beans, peas and everything else in the vegetable line, besides the matchless Satsuma orange, Magnolia and other varieties of figs, Tokay grape and other fruits. See article on "The Grape, or a New Industry for Palacios."

Aside from the retail mercantile business, of which all lines are represented with full and complete stocks, Palacios includes many enterprises and industries of which we enumerate the following:
Oyster packing and shipping, 2
Ice factory, electric light plant and cotton gin
Ship yards
Machine shops, 2
Planing mill
Tin shop and sheet metal works
Cement block plant
Telephone exchange
Nurseries, 3
Well drillers, 2
Plumber and gas fitter
Lumber yards, 4
Banks, 2
Steam laundry
Public library
Livery and transfer, 2
Hotels, 6?
Commission merchants, 2

[ad at right Palacios Beacon, September 14, 1923]

That Palacios is destined to become a large and important seaport at no distant day is apparent to every one who gives the subject any thought. We are in direct connection with the great Intercoastal Canal from the Mississippi River to the Rio Grande, and which is now under construction and will be completed in the next eight months, giving us an inside route from Galveston to Corpus Christi, and besides our regular train service, at present consisting of one daily mail and express train and a mixed train daily except Sunday over the Southern Pacific Railroad, we have a regular freight service between Houston and Galveston, at a cost of about one-half the rail freight rates. This service is furnished by the auxiliary schooner Margaret of eighty tons capacity.

Palacios High School

In educational facilities Palacios ranks with the best cities in the state; in fact, the fame and superiority of our public schools has been one of the great incentives which has induced many of our best citizens to locate here. The present enrollment is between 400 and 500. The complete course embraces eleven years work--eight grades and three years high school. The high school course is complete in every respect and graduates are admitted to our universities on their high school certificates.

B. Y. P. U. Encampment Grounds

Projecting out into Tres Palacios Bay upon a peninsula is one of the most attractive encampment grounds upon the gulf coast, where hundreds of young people, and old as well, assembly here every year to hear some of the ablest speakers of the Baptist Church in the United States. This tract formerly known as Hamilton Park, is owned by the Baptist Young Peoples' Union of Texas. In the center of this park is the auditorium in which may be seated over a thousand people.

Palacios College

Palacios College was founded in 1905 by Rev. William H. Travis, who continued as president until January, 1907. In September of that year the work was resumed with Rev. M. M. Wolf as president, and has succeeded under this management and is destined to be one of the foremost colleges in this section of Texas. In June of the present year the correlation with the Baptist schools of the state was effected and a girls' hall erected at a cost of $20,000. The growth of the school has been steady. Each year has brought improvements and the widening of the sphere of its usefulness. It has had its share of hardships incident to school building. It enters this school year upon a distinctly new era. First of all, the correlation gives a permanency to the work beyond anything that could have happened, and with the completion of the girls' hall has brought an enlargement of the faculty in every department. The school offers its constituency a course of study modeled after the best academics of the country have all the improving factors which determine their fitness for patronage, yet Palacios College has had that distinction from the beginning. Situated on the beautiful Tres Palacos Bay, it has a healthful climate, moral atmosphere, cultured society, spacious buildings, well-equipped laboratories, well supplied library, equipments and a corps of efficient teachers and the most important of all is the water supply which is abundantly supplied by one of the finest artesian wells in the state. For further information write M. M. Wolf, President.

The Fish and Oyster Industry

Very few people even in our midst, realize what an important factor this industry is, yet the facts and statistics given are astonishing to the average person. Last season there was marketed through our fish and oyster firms 70,000 pounds of fish, 12,000 barrels of oysters, which required 30 boats and a total of 125 men to man the boats and prepare and ship the fish and oysters. The sum of $21,500? was paid for labor, divided as follows: Boats and men in handling oysters, $12,000; fish, $4,500; shucking and packing $5,000?.

Ice, Electric Light Plant And Cotton Gin

Since the purchase of this enterprise by Mr. D. C. Deal the plant has undergone a thorough overhauling, and besides enlarging the ice machinery to a twelve-ton plant there has been added a complete system of refrigeration, consisting of three rooms, two of which are 8x8x21 feet and a larger one 12x8x21 feet, and is operated to its full capacity. Besides supplying the local trade, large quantities are shipped to other points in the bays. The electric light plant is supplying in the neighborhood of 600 lights and each day adds other consumers. The cotton gin has ginned so far this season 300 bales and the crop is only half picked.

For detailed information, write to H. B. Farwell, manager Palacios City Townsite Company; Charles R. Morris manager Morris Land Company; D. W. Grant, manager Palacios Land and Investment Company; S. T. Beat? Merchants and Planters Lumber Company; Palacios State Bank; State Guaranty Bank and Trust Company; Ruthven Packing Company; D. C Deal, proprietor ice plant; M. M. Wolf, president Palacios College, or to the Board of Trade.

Galveston Daily News, November 6, 1911




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