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Old 04-19-2009, 09:26 AM
SOM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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Anyone remember Price's Homemade Ice Cream on SPID? Best hotdogs I've ever had.

The Unique gameroom on Carroll near SPID? Crazy place....when I moved to CC in '76 as a teenager, it was THE place to find illegal substances...people hawking their stuff right out in the open. Now that I have kids I guess maybe I'm glad it's not there!

How about Texas BBQ at what is now the Saturn dealership at Carroll & SPID? Used to love that place!

Ashley's Records....great record store. The only place I've ever shopped where the owner would pull stock and put it behind the counter when it came in 'cause he knew I'd be interested in it!

Remember when C-101/KNCN was a *good* station? When it first started it was pretty much a free for all...Frank Sinatra followed by Frank Zappa! The stoners that had the late night hours and were just as likely to go on about the roaches invading the studio as they were to play music!

And what old Corpus Christi thread would be complete without a mention of the almighty SHIP AHOY!!!
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Anyone remember Price's Homemade Ice Cream on SPID? Best hotdogs I've ever had.

The Unique gameroom on Carroll near SPID? Crazy place....when I moved to CC in '76 as a teenager, it was THE place to find illegal substances...people hawking their stuff right out in the open. Now that I have kids I guess maybe I'm glad it's not there!

How about Texas BBQ at what is now the Saturn dealership at Carroll & SPID? Used to love that place!

Ashley's Records....great record store. The only place I've ever shopped where the owner would pull stock and put it behind the counter when it came in 'cause he knew I'd be interested in it!

Remember when C-101/KNCN was a *good* station? When it first started it was pretty much a free for all...Frank Sinatra followed by Frank Zappa! The stoners that had the late night hours and were just as likely to go on about the roaches invading the studio as they were to play music!

And what old Corpus Christi thread would be complete without a mention of the almighty SHIP AHOY!!!
Where was Ashley's Records? Anybody know when Ship Ahoy disappeared? I drove recently past the Ship Ahoy on the Bay. Sadly, it was gone.
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:25 PM
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Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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Ashley's moved a few times. I think it was near Everhart and Alameda for awhile. Honestly, I can't remember the exact location.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:48 PM
 
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Transport was not always by ferry, I believe. I remeber my parents telling me that in the 40s they had to cross a one lane road. You used to be able to see parts of it out in the water. I have a great photo of ferry from the 40's in our bathroom. My father visited then and loved it. He retired here in the mid 50s.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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It has been many years since I frequented the area, my early childhood actually, and almost everything I fondly recall is gone.

My family used to frequent the fishing pier off Gulfbreeze, near the small park and mobile home park. In the late 60's it underwent numerous owners and motiffs including a Polynesian restaurant theme for a few months. Adjacent to pier was a row of waterfront homes that were so close to water that the wave would come onto their patios during windy days. They had so much debris and cinder block in the water to break the wave action it was impossible to wade along the shore line even when the tide was out and there was space between the waters edge and their concrete walls. We used to wade in the water between the pier and the houses in a small, relatively clear area of water and catch shellfish. We accumulated a huge collection of welks every weekend and my father would have to spend hours washing the trunk of the car to get rid of the dead crab smell from all the dead shellfish we had packed in boxes to take home. We were allowed to repeat this every weekend for years for some reason. Go figure!

We normally stayed at the Coronado Motel, within walking distance of the pier, and us kids got decent at shuffle board since that was the only recreational activity at the hotel and we were too young to be let loose on the town unaccompanied in those days.

I remember eating at the Spanish Galleon, was that on Surfside or Shoreline? I also remember many pleasant hours in Slim's Bookswamp deciding which comic books I wanted to buy. This was years before Slim's became a big porn outlet.

We would almost always get a Whataburger when we got into town, but I don't remember where it was located then. We would come into town on IH37 and cross the Harbor bridge. The Whataburger was not too far off the router, I don't recall making too many turns off the highway. We did not go uptown very often, and only slightly more often to the downtown or marina area, so I think it had to be along IH37. I can remember when the "new" Whataburger opened up on Causeway blvd at Beach street. We could get burgers on the way to Padre Island then.

I remember the old hotels along shoreline that had been demolished by Carla and earlier hurricanes. Nothing left of them but huge concrete slabs, not even a sign to let me know what they had been. Now even those are gone.

A really nice public beach sits on top of all that I remember from my childhood.

By the early 70's, the fishing at the old pier had pretty much died off and we shifted our weekly trips to Port Aransas and always stayed at the Mustang Cottages. An extremely boring motel for a bunch of rambunctious kids. No pool, no shuffleboard, no place close enough to walk to and worst of all, no tv in the rooms.

We spent most of our time on the North Jetty and wandering the dunes behind the campground. When we got a bit older, (8-10 yrs) we would trek into town and visit the Island Family grocery and another store on the main drag. In those days the magazine racks were often treated as a public library and no one complained if you spent a couple hours reading the mags (or looking at the pictures, the Penthouse and Playboys were out with the Good Housekeeping and Southern Living in plain view). I remember standing next to several adults reading those magazines for hours and nobody seemed to care that I never bought one, or even which magazine I was "reading".

I remember going to the Island movie theater on summer and seeing some movie about a motorcycle gang terrorizing a town. I only recall the bikes roaring down the road, a scene where two local girls show up to their clubhouse and are assaulted, the ensuing uproar to the small sherrifs office to run the bike club out of town and then only the fantastic hot tamales the snack bar sold for $2 a dozen. We must have eaten 6 dozen tamales during the last part of the movie, cause I dont recall who won that biker war, only that they ran out of tamales. Unfortunately the theater did not seem to make much money cause it shifted to Friday/Saturday only and closed the following season.

We spent a lot of time at the beach, walking the jetties, digging fiddler crabs, hiking the dunes, playing pinball at Bob Hall pier and staring at the sharks they brought in off that pier, fishing off the engineer pier on the west side of the island and running out into the channel when a ship pushed the water ahead and the tide went out 100 feet, then racing back to shore as the water came roaring back. My mother says she almost had a heart attack when she saw us doing that for the first time.

The sunburns from that era were spectacular and I am amazed I survived many of them. SPF 12 was about as heavy duty sunscreen as they had early on, with SPF40 being the albino choice by the mid 70's. Even then, they had to be reapplied every 2-4 hours and none were waterproof. Fat lot of good they did us waterbabies!
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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Default Old causeway to the ferry at port aransas

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Transport was not always by ferry, I believe. I remeber my parents telling me that in the 40s they had to cross a one lane road. You used to be able to see parts of it out in the water. I have a great photo of ferry from the 40's in our bathroom. My father visited then and loved it. He retired here in the mid 50s.
My family would go to mustang island by way of Aransas Pass and the old causeway to Port Aransas. The bridge was one way because it was built on an existing railroad bridge. Between the wooden planks you could still see the rails. Every so often there would be a pull out so traffic from the other direction could stop and let you pass. The ferries at that time could only carry nine cars, they were very small. This was between the years 1945 and 1953, I believe.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:30 PM
 
Location: South Texas Coastal Bend
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No. I don't think so. The "park" wasn't that far from nile rd. you had to drive just a little from nile rd to get to it. It really wasn't there for very long that I remember. Rumor was that somebody got hurt on the slide and ruined it for everyone else. my classmates' brother worked there, must have been like 1979 or so. there was no taco bell or whataburger or cinema 16 there, just an empty field. after the park disappeared, I think that they put in a driving range (golf).
I just found this thread so sorry if I'm answering a question that has already been answered. The name of the water park was Aqua Thrillway. We went there a few times in 1978/79/80???? We would also go to Magic Isles, the amusement park in or near Flour Bluff.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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Default Corpus memories

I lived in Corpus in 1967-68 as a result of a job transfer with now defunct Braniff Airlines. The Sales Manager was Dick Barton. Our office was located in the Wilson Tower overlooking downtown. I have nice memories of the downtown area, the view of the bay, its boats and fresh shrimp coming in at the docks. The shrimp boats are still there, still manned by people so darkened by the sun, they look like chocolate.

We just returned from visiting Corpus last week and boy, have things changed. I was surprised to see the downtown area looking somewhat shabby. I do recall some nightmare rains that caused water to rise in the downtown area and wondered if this is the reason for the exodus of so many businesses. Or did the shopping areas along SPID win over most of the merchants? Hopefully, there is some plan to restore downtown.

At the time, I shared a house with other roommates on Southern... Much restoration of homes in this area has taken place.

I spent much time baking myself in the sun out on the Island, which has now turned into Condo City. While these are impressive in appearance, I was wondering if these are some sort of new windbreaks constructed to protect against hurricanes.

I cannot remember if there is a name for the ship channel where the ships come into the refinery area, but I used to drive down there not far off shore and try to follow and watch the huge tankers as they made their way in from the bay.

From our experience last trip, I see things have changed there, too. As birdwatchers, carrying 2 pairs of high-powered binoculars, and a spotting scope designed to help aging eyes, my husband and I were attempting to get a little closer to the channel to see what waterbirds might fly up out of the area. In this day and time, that apparently is a BIG no no... A guard came out, asked us what we were doing and emphatically told us to leave the area IMMEDIATELY... Trust me, you do not want to try that... We got out of there as fast as my arthritic knees could take me...

Thanks for the memories. Corpus will always hold a special place in my heart...
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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Default padre island development

Were you involved with any of the flights bringing prospective land buyers to the Island?
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:57 PM
 
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Default Involved in flights?

Not that I was aware of. Of course, not many passengers traveling would share the purpose of their visit with airline employees, so I suppose this could have been possible...
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