Museums, chamber to host mixer

Special to the Parade

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce invite you to a collaborative event on March 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave.

A mixer and reception for a gallery exhibit featuring historic images and documents from Port Isabel’s Pictorial History includes a book signing by Valerie D. Bates.

The series of historic photos in the gallery exhibit feature a number of images from a bond report. In 1926, Cameron County issued an $875,000 bond to pay for improvements to Port Isabel, then Point Isabel. Funds were sought to develop residential areas of Port Isabel including Modern Venice (the fingers), improvements were made to the business district, a jetty system was constructed and a 10,000,000 gallon reservoir was dug to bring fresh water service to Port Isabel.

With the focused objective of a deep water port, Point Isabel then became Port Isabel with the 1928 incorporation of the city.

Images in the Gallery Exhibit are a portion of the images used in “Images of America: Port Isabel,” which contains 200 Port Isabel photos and documents.

Refreshments will be available as the event is open to the public. The event will be co-hosted by the Museums of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call Jeannie Flores, Museum Director, at (956) 943-7602, (956) 943-2262 or email or

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