Sunday, August 07, 2016

676 (2016 #31). El Rincon

by Bill Walraven

Subtitled "A History of Corpus Christi Beach," this book was published by the Texas State Aquarium (located there) when it opened in 1990.  It was written by Bill Walraven (1925-2013), a longtime columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

I read this book to learn a little more about the interesting history of Corpus Christi Beach (as it was known when I lived there, 1979-1984; in 2012 it went back to its pre-1950s name of North Beach).  The title of the book comes from the El Rincon peninsula where the beach is located, surrounded by Corpus Christi Bay and Nueces Bay.

The way the book is written, it almost feels like a compilation of Walraven's columns.  There are numerous photographs in the book, many taken by Dr. John Frederick "Doc" McGregor (1893-1986) for the newspaper, and now in either their files or the archives of the Corpus Christi Public Library or the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History.  My only wish is that the book had been in a larger format so that the photographs could have been printed larger; it is hard to see the details in many of them.

© Amanda Pape - 2016

[This book was borrowed and returned through interlibrary loan.]

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