Hix Green Ranch

From William Alexander, Student Research Assistant: Presenting today is a map that was a tough nut to crack. Titled “Partition Plat of the Hix Green 1041.53 Acre Ranch” by Chas. Klumpp, Jr., the only other relevant spatial information stated was De Witt County, Texas. It was almost chucked in the bin, but we noticed that the map dates from 1974. 44 years isn’t so large a gap in this gig; for us, its about as modern as these maps get. So we googled “Hix Green Ranch” on a lark to see if it was still around, and lo and behold,… Read more »


Bolschwilley Estate’s Lesson in Declination

The Bolschwilley Estate is a set of tracts located in San Patricio County, Texas out of the De Hibernia Grant. Conrad Blucher surveyed these tracts back in April 1940 when the owner was considering subdividing their land. Right away we can see that those subdivisions did not pan through, and instead only a couple of larger subdivisions were made. Ed Saulter, our lead georectification tech, was served a quick refresher on magnetic declination as he researched how the due north-south and due east-west highways could have tilted so much. Thanks to NOAAs Historical Magnetic Declination viewer, he was able… Read more »


Where’s Doddridge?

Those that know Corpus Christi history know that many of our streets are named after the movers and shakers of the city’s past. Perry Doddridge, the man that opened the first bank in Corpus Christi, unsurprisingly has a street named after him as well. Living up to Perry Doddridge’s reputation for changing capitalistic ventures, so does the street. Doddridge was originally built as part of a beach front addition to the city. The area was home to the Memorial Coliseum before it was demolished in 2010. It is unknown if the street was renamed Kinney to specifically honor the founder of… Read more »