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From Trading Post to Town | 1845-1861

From 1845-1861, Corpus Christi found itself transforming from a trading post to a town amidst two national wars. The year 1845 brought Corpus Christi into the national spotlight when General Zachary Taylor was ordered to move his troops to a position within the disputed Nueces strip during the war with Mexico. Local Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney had written Washington touting the city as the ideal strategic location. Establishing its headquarters on Water St., 4,000 soldiers were encamped along a mile and half of beach. In the years to follow, proceeding the Civil War, the city had many firsts. With the help of John B. "Red" Dunn, Corpus Christi was already developing its history at the Dunn Museum, elected its first mayor and the King Ranch was founded.

The Mexican War and General Zachary Taylor in Corpus Christi
John B. “Red” Dunn and the Dunn Museum
A Newly Incorporated Corpus Christi Elects
its First Mayor, Benjamin Franklin Neal
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