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PROGRESSIVE:
Rebirth as a Port Town | 1929-1961

The years following the storm set the tone for the next few decades of development for Corpus Christi as a Port town, but the real growth as a population center began during the recovery from the Great Depression. These years, spurred by the discovery of oil, brought culture, entertainment and critical infrastructure to the budding city marked by diversity in its people and economy. Corpus was quickly becoming the center of the Coastal Bend with an identity of its own, eventually becoming the fifth largest port in the United States.

1929
Ben Garza and the
Founding of LULAC
1935
Sidney Abraham Wolf
and Thanksgiving
1938
Ada Wilson
1942
Bernice Leonard and the Mary McLeod Bethune Day Nursery
1942
Mary and Howard E. Butt
1945
Clara Driscoll and Driscoll
Children's Hospital
1948
Dr. Hector P. Garcia and
the American GI Forum
1951
Dr. Henry Boyd Hall and the Desegregation of Blacks at
Del Mar College
1954
Jose Antonio Garcia
1959
The Construction of the Harbor Bridge and Mayor Albert Lichtenstien
1959
Gabe Lozano, First
Mexican American Mayor
 
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