Keep Up with Flour Bluff History Pieces

Flour Bluff, Front Page, History

 

 

     If you are interested in reading about Flour Bluff’s rich history, please visit https://texasshorelinenews.com/.  Each edition has a little piece of the past specifically related to the people and events of Flour Bluff (Encinal Peninsula). (To date, there are 32 issues.) I am the editor of both publications, The Paper Trail News and Texas Shoreline News. I encourage the readers to contact me to correct or add to the stories.  The goal is to make sure these stories are in print and on the internet so that they are not lost to the ages.  A print copy of each edition is on file at the La Retama Central Library.  Send any information regarding Flour Bluff history to shirley@texasshorelinenews.com .  This is a labor of love that I am performing for “those who came before us and made us so strong,” and I need the help of all those who have information and pictures.

 

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A Mastodon in Flour Bluff?

Flour Bluff, Local history, Science

 

     It appears that mastodons walked the shores of Oso Creek in Flour Bluff over 25,000 years ago.  According to a January 1, 1954, Corpus Christi Caller-Times article, the discovery of a large tooth weighing nearly 18 pounds led to the uncovering of an entire skeleton of the prehistoric elephant on the east bank of Oso Creek off Yorktown Boulevard.

     Travis Berlet, civil engineer for the Houston Natural Gas Corporation, unearthed the tooth on his 11-acre property off Yorktown where the road crosses Oso Creek over the old Mud Bridge. According to the article, “He found part of the tooth sticking out of an eroded area back of his house.  He broke part of it while digging it out.”  Berlet, who was an authority on the subject, estimated the age of the mastodon based on the condition of the tooth.  It was the second mastodon find by Berlet.  The first was found in the clay banks of Galveston Bay near Kennah, Texas, in 1928.

Caller-Times photo from January 1, 1954

     Berlet said that his property lay in the midst of a geological fault that is believed to extend as far as Copano Bay.  A fault is a fracture in the earth, usually caused by an earthquake.  The Caller-Times reported that mastodons are found most frequently in faults because they wash up more easily.  Berlet, who moved to Corpus Christi in 1941, said his mastodon was the first unearthed in the Flour Bluff area.  The discovery occurred 62 years ago.  At that time, Berlet planned on contacting Texas A & I in Kingsville and Del Mar College to see if anyone was interested in extracting the beast.  For now, this is all that has been uncovered in terms of the story behind the article.

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