Aransas Pass

Shrimp boats in Aransas Pass

Shrimp boats in Aransas Pass

You'll see many shrimping boats in Redfish Bay near Aransas Pass. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith (Public Domain)

Aransas Pass, across Redfish Bay from Port Aransas in Aransas, San Patricio, and Nueces counties, is named for the pass between Mustang and St. Joseph's islands. The town's early developers wanted to found a great deepwater port city on the Gulf of Mexico. The first attempts to develop the area were made by Pryor Lea, who founded the Aransas Road Company to link the coast with San Antonio by means of both a railroad and a turnpike. The enterprise, however, was a failure. Lea succeeded in building only a short distance of road, and the railroad never advanced beyond the planning stage. In the late 1850s the Central Transit Company, backed by English investors, sought to turn Lea's dream into reality by financing construction of a harbor and the railroad. But with the outbreak of the Civil War the work was interrupted and funding dried up.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Aransas Pass
Pop. Year Source
7,941 2020 United States Census Bureau
8,763 2019 Texas Demographic Center
8,204 2010 United States Census Bureau
8,138 2000 United States Census Bureau
7,180 1990 United States Census Bureau
7,173 1980 United States Census Bureau
5,813 1970 United States Census Bureau
6,956 1960 United States Census Bureau
5,396 1950 United States Census Bureau
4,095 1940 United States Census Bureau
2,482 1930 United States Census Bureau
1,569 1920 United States Census Bureau
1,197 1910 United States Census Bureau