A Travel Adventure Map of Padre & Mustang Islands

24x36, A fanciful look at the history and legend surrounding Padre and Mustang Islands. This map is printed on parchment style paper giving it an "old" look and feel. The map accurately shows the current shoreline, access roads to the islands, beach access points and various recreational areas. It documents the history of the area and includes legends of sunken treasure ships and buried pirate loot. - $3.95 plus $1 shipping

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The Mansfield Channel

The Mansfield Channel
 

GPS Coordinates N 2633.761' W 9717.79'

 
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The Mansfield Channel was originally dug as a private channel with protecting jetties in 1957. Engineers placed precast concrete blocks directly on the bottom sediments. The northern blocks formed a jetty extending out 1,600 feet and the southern one did the same for 900 feet. Within a few months, the jetties began to drop and fell below the surface. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers then built the present channel and jetties, completing them in 1962.

The Channel was named for the nearby mainland community of Port Mansfield, which had been named for U. S. Representative Joseph Mansfield, who introduced the Mansfield Bill, which authorized the extension of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Corpus Christi to Brownsville. Previously, it had been known as Redfish Landing.

It was during the dredging of the Mansfield Channel that the Spanish shipwrecks from 1554 were discovered.


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