Port Alto

Port Alto, on the west shore of Carancahua Bay in northeastern Calhoun County, was known as Persimmon Point before its subdivision in 1939. Throughout its early history the community reported about ten permanent residents and one store. Vacationers and retirees increased the summer population to 205 in 1961, but the settlement was destroyed in September of that year by Hurricane Carla (see HURRICANES). The community was rebuilt by 1966, and the summer population numbered 185 that year. In 1970 the Port Alto telephone exchange had 170 listings, indicating a probable increase in total population, both permanent and seasonal. In the 1970s Port Alto had a row of dwellings along the beachfront. Port Alto was still listed as a community in 1990. In 2000 the population was forty-five.

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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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Port Alto is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Persimmon Point)

Locations

  • Latitude
    28.65999450
    Longitude
    -96.41330570

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

No

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Port Alto by the Numbers

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Pop. Year Source
45 2009 Local Officials