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History

USS Ranger

The arrival of the USS Ranger CV-61 aircraft carrier on her final voyage past South Padre Island to the ship breaker in the Port of Brownsville.

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Lost City Expedition

The Lost City Expedition sponsored by SPI Life is seeking the site of Santa Cruz de Buena Vista and John Singer ranch on South Padre Island.

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1999 SPI Life

Travel back in time to the year 1999 on South Padre Island.

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USS Ranger CV-61

After a 16,000 mile final voyage being towed from her home port of the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, the aircraft carrier USS Ranger CV-61 arrives in South Padre Island her final port of call on July 12, 2015.

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Aircraft Supercarrier To Arrive Soon At South Padre Island

The U.S.S. Forrestal – America’s 1st jet age aircraft supercarrier left today on the way to Port Brownsville to begin her dismantling. She will arrive here in approximately 18 days coming from the Philadelphia Navy Yard. After almost 4 decades of active distinguished service, they’ll drag this behemoth right past SPI shores 20 miles up … Continue reading »

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John Singer Treasure

Click for big Ahoy! Thar be treaaye here. South Padre Island is home to many tales of treasure found and lost. The money hill of John Singer is one of the most famous. He was a wealthy SPI rancher raising cattle who owned a substantial portion of the island during the mid 1800s. The story … Continue reading »

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Hermit Boat

On the southern end of South Padre Island, there’s an old boat anchored in the bay between Pier 19 and the Coast Guard station. A hermit was living on it who would paddle a little raft back and forth to the shore. He’s gone now, but the boat is still there if anyone would like … Continue reading »

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El Cristo de los Pescadores

The “Christ of the Fishermen” memorial is located at the southern tip of South Padre Island in Isla Blanca Park. The inscription reads: FATHER! RECEIVE THE SOULS OF THE BRAVE FISHERMAN WHO HAVE SAILED THROUGH THIS PASS AND NEVER RETURNED

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Water Towers

The South Padre Island water towers were repainted this year. They look great.

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Ocean Tower Implosion

Stills, then implosion video from multiple angles, live sound at end. On December 13, 2009, the unfinished Ocean Tower known locally as “The Leaning Tower of South Padre” was brought down with a controlled implosion. Work on the island’s condominium tower began in 2006 but construction was halted in 2008 due to uneven settlement. It … Continue reading »

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