2013-05-30 / Island Focus

Hurricane history

Museum exhibit to explore stormy past of Port Aransas

The Port Aransas Museum’s next exhibit will be called Great Wind and High Waters - Hurricanes that Rocked Port Aransas.

The exhibit, to open June 20, is timely. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. This week, May 26 to June 1, is Hurricane Awareness Week.

The City of Port Aransas will sponsor a town hall meeting to discuss a variety of hurricane-related issues Wednesday, June 5, at the Civic Center. (See related story, page 1A.)

The museum exhibit will include photos of hurricane aftermaths in town, written recollections by longtime locals who experienced hurricanes and more, according to Rick Pratt, the museum director.

The exhibit was put together by Mark Young, John Guthrie Ford and Mark Creighton, all members of the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association, which runs the museum.

The museum, located at 408 N. Alister St., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

This page includes some of the photos that will be on display at the exhibit. Clockwise from upper right: Groceries line the shelves at Port Aransas Mercantile even after a wall was knocked down by Hurricane Celia in 1970; a boat lies on land after Celia washed it out of the city marina; soldiers pose for a photo with a dead cow following an unnamed storm that struck Port Aransas in 1942; an aerial photo shows flooding from the storm surge produced by Hurricane Carla in 1961 swamps the flats area of town; and folks gaze at the results of high tides from Carla cutting through what today is known as State Hwy. 361, The Island Road.

Photos courtesy Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association

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