Broadway Bluff Improvement

Broadway Bluff Improvement (HM28B0)

Location: Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Nueces County
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N 27° 47.803', W 97° 23.77'

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This 40-foot bluff became a distinctive border between uptown and downtown as Corpus Christi experienced rapid growth after 1900. With the encouragement of Mayor Roy Miller, New York engineer Alexander Potter began designing improvements to the Bluff and parallel Broadway streets in 1913. Miller's vision and Potter's plans reflected the "City Beautiful Movement" then popular nationwide.

The next year voters approved a $15,000 bond issue and construction began between Lawrence and Peoples Streets. The bluff was graded and filled to a uniform division between upper and lower Broadway streets. Massive concrete retaining walls were highlighted with elegant balustrades and grand stairways.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Sculpture at Peoples Street was designed by Pompeo Coppini in 1914. A $150,000 bond issue in 1916 extended improvements north to Mann Street, and property owners financed the south extension. John G. Kenedy donated land at the south end in 1920, where World War I memorials were placed in 1931. A pedestrian tunnel was finished in 1929, connecting Peoples and Schatzel Streets below with upper Broadway. Assistant city engineer Conrad Blucher supervised each phase of the improvement project.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1986

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
HM NumberHM28B0
Year Placed1986
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 657999 N 3075715
Decimal Degrees27.79671667, -97.39616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 47.803', W 97° 23.77'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 47' 48.18" N, 97° 23' 46.2" W
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Area Code(s)361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600 N Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi TX 78401, US
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