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Dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
City / State: Port Aransas, TX
Event Name: Historic Town - Temporarily closed due to Hurrican Harvey.
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 110040 2018/Y0710
Distance - Trail Ratings: 10km/5km - 1A
Description: The walk winds through the friendly town of Port Aransas. Along the ship channel, past a park, historic buildings, restaurants, and souvenir shops, through bird sanctuaries, and coastal residential areas.
Amenities: Strollers: hard | Wheelchairs: NO | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: This event doesn't have any special Programs assigned.
Start Times: 7:30am to 3 hours before dusk.
Location: Tarpon Inn - Temporarily closed due to Hurrican Harvey.
Start Point / Driving Directions: 200 E Cotter, 78373-5124. 361-749-5555. See directions for Port Aransas Beach #Y1568. Walk Box located in Lobby. Open daily at 7:30am.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: The Tarpon Inn was built in 1886 to house workers building the south jetty (known then as the Mansfield Jetty). In 1886, when the jetty was finished, the structure was converted into a hotel and called the Tarpon Inn. After the 1919 hurricane destroyed the main structure, the inn was sold in 1923 to James M. Ellis, who rebuilt the inn to resemble the old barracks and to withstand future storms. Many of the new pilings were placed in concrete, with the ends extending up through the entire structure and into the attic. Because the Tarpon Inn was built with impressive reinforcements as a protected shelter, it has housed many residents during storms and has served as headquarters for the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and many military units. Two of the walls of the Tarpon Inn are covered with tarpon scales. Each bears the signature and hometown of the angler who caught the tarpon, as well as the size, weight and date of the catch. Famous people who have stayed at the Tarpon Inn include: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who fished there in 1937; Duncan Hines, who spent his honeymoon there; Hedy Lamarr; Victor McLaglen; Aimee Semple McPherson; Clyde Beatty; Bob Lilly; and physicist Edward Teller. In 1979, the Tarpon Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark.
Host Club: Selma Pathfinders
Contact: Joanne Forinash (210) 872-2743
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