Mills Wharf

Mills Wharf (HM17AE)

Location: Rockport, TX 78382 Aransas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 8.223', W 97° 0.42'

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Mills Wharf, built by John Howard Mills in 1932, was a renowned center for waterfowl hunting and fishing from the 1930s until it was sold in 1960. It consisted of cottages, a cook house, a guide service office, a store, a tackle shop, and a unique wildlife museum with a famous duck, featured in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not," which had an oyster permanently attached to its foot. The new "Hug the Coast" Highway 35 made the wharf accessible, thereby aiding the growth of the tourism industry in the area. In 1946, Herbert and Harry Mills bought the wharf from their parents and expanded the business with a unique seaplane service to drop off customers at remote fishing sites.
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HM NumberHM17AE
Year Placed2012
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 11:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 695730 N 3113990
Decimal Degrees28.13705000, -97.00700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 8.223', W 97° 0.42'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 8' 13.38" N, 97° 0' 25.20" W
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Area Code(s)361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3653 Mills Wharf Rd, Rockport TX 78382, US
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