Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 11, heard a report from Aransas County Historical Commission (ACHC) Chair Betty Stiles about the placement of two Visionary in Preservation (VIP) markers north and south of the site of the old Copano Bay Causeway Fishing Pier.
Stiles said the ACHC asked the state to put up a regular historical marker, but the group was told it “wasn’t historic”, even though it was built well over 50 years ago.
She showed commissioners a picture of the sign, adding they should be installed by Christmas.
“We did 16 (VIP signs) about 20 years ago and they still look good,” said Stiles.
The signs include pictures of the original causeway, the second causeway with the fishing pier (original causeway), and all three causeways, which were in place for only a brief period of time. Rockport Pilot Editor & Publisher Mike Probst took that picture, dubbed “Triplets”.
The original causeway was built in 1930-31 to replace the ferry between the Lamar Peninsula and Live Oak Point.
It was converted into a pier when the LBJ Causeway was constructed in the mid-60s.
The new four-lane causeway was opened in 2017, prior to hurricane Harvey.
During the construction of the new causeway, a section of the original causeway/pier fell into the bay. The pier was closed to the public and the decision was made to demolish it. That happened after Harvey.
Today, only the new causeway spans the water, separating Copano and Aransas bays.
(Note: Aransas County Navigation District commissioners, at their regular meeting Aug. 2, approved the placement of the two VIP markers on the district’s property.)