• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Sobriety checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Law Enforcement officers at Padre Island National Seashore will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint Saturday, August 23, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance. The purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

  • Fee Free Day at Padre Island National Seashore, August 25th, 2014

    Monday August 25, 2014 is National Park Service Founders Day and Superintendent Mark Spier invites the public to help us celebrate our 98th birthday by coming out and enjoying the day at Padre Island National Seashore. Park entry will be free on that day.

  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

People

 
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?

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The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...