Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point

Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point (HMYOZ)

Location: La Porte, TX 77571 Harris County
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N 29° 40.196', W 94° 59.727'

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The peninsula on Galveston Bay known as Morgan's Point was named for early landowner Colonel James Morgan. Later the area became a favorite summer retreat for wealthy Houston residents who sought refuge from the oppressive heat and humidity of the city. The bluff attracted Gulf breezes and boasted spectacular views and recreational potential.

In 1893 twelve prominent Houston families formed the Bay Ridge Park Association and acquired 40 acres of land on which they constructed a resort community for summer residency. To allow each family beach front property the land was platted into long narrow lots chosen by ballots.

The first houses built were modest one-and two-story frame dwellings with verandas; most featured Eastlake and Queen Anne style detailing. Homes built in the early 20th century were designed by renowned architects and reflected various styles including Mediterranean revival, colonial revival, and prairie school. Among the many grand houses is one patterned after the White House built for Texas Governor Ross Sterling and his wife Maude. Listed on the National register of Historic Places, the area is one of Texas' most significant seaside residential developments.
Marker Number10608
Year Placed1997
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:19pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 306889 N 3283877
Decimal Degrees29.66993333, -94.99545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 40.196', W 94° 59.727'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 40' 11.76" N, 94° 59' 43.62" W
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Area Code(s)281, 713, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 502-512 Bayridge Rd, La Porte TX 77571, US
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