Columns by J Guthrie Ford

Articles about Port Aransas History by JG Ford. Published first in the Port Aransas South Jetty.

Island’s Rich in Maritime History

July 17th, 2014|Columns by J Guthrie Ford|

by John Guthrie Ford The Aransas Pass has allowed Port Aransans to benefit from the sea for a long time. Sport fishing, and its related businesses, began circa 1880 when mainlanders building the jetties discovered the pass was alive with tarpon. The jetties led to the rapid rise of maritime enterprises on close by Harbor [...]

Story of Water on the Island

June 28th, 2014|Columns by J Guthrie Ford|

by John Guthrie Ford If you have bought rural property, you can appreciate the question, “What is the water source?”  That was on the mind of the pioneers who settled Mustang Island in the 1850s. They tackled the water problem with 17-foot wells, later supplemented by cypress cisterns to capture rainwater. The island’s wells were [...]