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1938
Ada Wilson

One of Corpus Christi's most flamboyant personalities, Ada Wilson is best known as the founder of the Ada Wilson Rehabilitation Center (now part of Driscoll Children's Hospital), which she opened in 1938. In later years, her strong-willed personality was responsible for overcoming the reluctance of state bureaucrats to buy her property on Mustang Island to establish a state park. She could have easily sold the land to private developers, but she believed her beachfront property was best used as a public park, selling it for considerably less than market value. Today, thousands of Texans enjoy the beaches of Mustang Island State Park.


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Ada Wilson
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