Corpus Christi is the largest city on the Texas coast, It lies at the western end of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, sheltered from the Gulf of Mexico by Mustang and Padre islands. Founded as a frontier trading post in 1838-39 called Kinney's Ranch, it remained an obscure settlement until 1845/6, when U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor set up camp here in preparation for war with Mexico and then marched southward to the Rio Grande to enforce it as the southern border of the United States.
The offshore Padre Island and Corpus Christi bay area are premier beach vacation spots while Padre Island National Seashore is the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world, and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as recreation. As well as great beaches, the city features a bay front promenade, an arts and museum district, waterfront restaurants, elegant homes along Ocean Drive and an entertaining nightlife. Attractions include the USS Lexington (aircraft carrier), Texas State Aquarium and the Botanical Gardens.
Between Corpus Christi and Brownsville, King Ranch sprawls across 825,000 acres of South Texas - this is the birthplace of the American ranching industry. Here you can see the Santa Gertrudis and King Ranch Santa Cruz breeds of beef cattle, Quarter Horses, the Saddle Shop and Museum.
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