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
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