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.
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Aransas Pass by the Numbers
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|8,763||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|8,204||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|8,138||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|7,180||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|7,173||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,813||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,956||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|5,396||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,095||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,482||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,569||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,197||1910||Texas Demographic Center|