Local History

The Bell/Whittington library offers many resources on the history of Portland and the surrounding area. Below is a sampling of what you can use for your study or research. These and other books can be found in the Texana or reference sections of the library.

Book Title
Author Call Number
Aransas: The Life of a Texas Coastal County William Allen and Sue Hastings Taylor 976.41 Allen
Centennial Journey Corpus Christi Caller-Times Part 1 (reference) n/a 976.4113 Corpus
City by the Sea: A History of Corpus Christi, Texas 1519-1875 Eugenia Reynolds Briscoe, Ph.D. 976.4113 Briscoe
Corpus Christi: The History of a Texas Seaport (reference) Bill Walraven 976.4113 Walraven
El Rincon: A History of Corpus Christi Beach Bill Walraven 976.4113 Walraven
Empresarios’ Children: The Welders of Texas Bill and Marjorie K. Walraven 929.2 Walraven
Gregory-Portland High School year books for most years   
Memories of Portland: 1776-1976 Portland Bicentennial Commission 976.4115 Memories
Old Corpus Christi: The Past in Photographs Murphy Givens 976.4113 Givens
Old South Texas: The Past in Photographs Vol. II Murphy Givens 976.4113 Givens
Padre Island Writers’ Round Table 976.422 Writers
Raw Frontier: Armed Conflict Along the Texas Coastal Bend
Keith Guthrie 976.41 Guthrie
Snow: The South Texas Christmas Miracle 2004 Kathryn Childers 976.4 Snow
Storm Over the Bay: The People of Corpus Christi and Their Port
Mary Jo O’Rear 976.4113 ORear
The Coastal Bend: A Pictorial History A. Leland Parker 976.4113 Parker
The History of Nueces County The Nueces County Historical Society 976.4 Nueces
The History of Portland, Texas and Bay View College Vol. I & II Larry W. Jacoway Sr. 976.4115 Jacoway
The History of San Patricio County Keith Guthrie 929.3764115 Guthrie