Category Archive: South Padre Parade

Jun 23 2017

Rio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Our first story begins in a cloud of dust. Jeff Erkenbrack and a friend were in the process of demolishing a six inch block wall to make room for an expansion of Running Etc., a sporting goods store located in Virginia Beach when they found the first artifacts, a …

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Jun 16 2017

Rio History: Sea Beans

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Sea Beans have been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs, in burial grounds throughout Europe, in the ashes of ancient Viking campfires on Iceland and along the shores of virtually every body of water in the world. Probably the most ubiquitous drift seed found germinating on tropical beaches, …

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Jun 09 2017

Writer’s Block: Safety First

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Like a lot of people, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the USS Independence, which was set to pass by Isla Blanca Park as it was towed to the Port of Brownsville for dismantling. And, like a lot of people, I kept myself up-to-date with its expected …

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Jun 09 2017

Rio History: Mammoth Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Most people who hear that mammoth bones and teeth are occasionally found on Padre Island ask the question, “Is it true mammoth elephants once lived on Padre Island?” Yes! The Columbian Mammoth did indeed roam this area, but that was before Padre Island (estimated to be only around 3,500 …

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Jun 02 2017

Writer’s Block: Summer Rains

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I sat in my living room watching TV a few nights ago when a tiny, brightly colored map of the Rio Grande Valley popped up in one corner of the screen. A marquee beside it spelled out a weather alert that rain would soon be traveling through the …

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Jun 02 2017

Rio History: Col. Sam’s Dream, Pt. 2

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In April of 1926, the Dallas News published a story about a proposed 5000 acre park to be located about halfway down Padre Island from Corpus Christi. Travelers would reach the park by driving along a road of hard-packed beach sand that would connect the north and south end …

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May 26 2017

Writer’s Block: Goodbye and Good Luck

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If, at any point over the last few years, you’ve had the opportunity to call or stop by our office then you might have been introduced to Sergio. His is the smiling face and friendly voice that most often greets people here at the PRESS and PARADE. He …

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May 26 2017

Rio History: Colonel Sam’s Dream

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Colonel Sam Robertson was a man unafraid to dream. Born in DeWitt, Missouri, on July 10, 1867, Sam left home at 15 to work on the railroad. A quick learner, young Sam moved up the ladder and by the time he first arrived in the Rio Grande Valley in …

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May 19 2017

Writer’s Block: To the Class of 2017

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Congrats, Class of 2017! You’ve done it. You’ve arrived at graduation day. You’ve got your cap and gown, your stoles and cords, maybe even a class ring. Your family, friends and teachers are ready to cheer you on as you cross the stage this weekend and cross the …

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May 19 2017

Rio History: The Galleon

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A galleon’s weight varied from 100 to 1,000 tons. Her armament could include up to 40 guns of various caliber. The ship’s speed, depending on size and shape, could be anywhere from 4 to 8 knots. A medium sized galleon would carry about 100 sailors and passengers. In addition, …

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