• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.


Pat Dunn, who owned a cattle ranch covering most of Padre Island from the late 1800s until his death in 1937.

Pat Dunn, who owned a cattle ranch that covered about two-thirds of Padre Island from the late 1800s until his death in 1937.

From the Padre Island National Seashore Archives (courtesy of the Dunn family)

Except for the wreck of the 300 in 1554, there were never any major events or battles of historical signifcance on Padre Island. Many would think that this means nothing of historical interest ever occurred on the island. They would be wrong.

Padre Island is rich with history, but because no major events occurred here, little was recorded about the people who lived or passed through here. That simply makes finding the information difficult.

In this section of the website, you will learn about the people who made the history of the island. Currently, only the best known people are described, later, however, more biographies and tales will be added to flesh out the fascinating, untold, and often overlooked history of Padre Island.

Did You Know?

Beach wheelchairs are available for loan, but must be returned by the Visitor Center's closing time.

Padre Island National Seashore has a wheelchair designed for use on loose sand available for loan at no charge. Users must leave a driver's license or their personal wheelchair at the information desk while the beach wheelchair is on loan. More...