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Tidehaven Independent School District

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Highway 35 And F M 1095, Elmaton, TX 77440
(361) 588-6321 Additional Contacts
 
The Story of TIDEHAVEN I.S.D: Now completed on land adjoining the site of the old Port of Tidehaven on the Tres-Palacios River is one of Texas' most modern and well-equipped school plant. The new high school of the Tidehaven Consolidated School Distri...read more
The Story of TIDEHAVEN I.S.D: Now completed on land adjoining the site of the old Port of Tidehaven on the Tres-Palacios River is one of Texas' most modern and well-equipped school plant. The new high school of the Tidehaven Consolidated School District will receive and perpetuate a name once important in Texas commerce, but for many years forgotten. Once the landing docks for river steamers, Tidehaven community also was the location of the Pierce Gin on the Shanghai Pierce Estate. Over the docks at Tidehaven were loaded cattle the Pierce Ranch sold on a 10-year contract to Spain. It is entirely possible that some of the descendants of the bold adventurers who first brought cattle to Texas from Spain were the very ones who bartered with Shanghai Pierce's ranch managers for the yearling descendants of these same cattle. Hides and tallow were also shipped over the Tidehaven wharves, cotton and cane and peaches by the boatload. But these became forgotten industries. Like many of the ghost ports now long gone, Tidehaven joined the limbo of the forgotten, and but for the head stones in the old Hawley cemetery nearby, might even be difficult to locate. Other such ports include Fulton Landing, where the Grimes' sold their cattle and where they also had a hide and tallow rendering plant. This was closed after beef markets developed in Kansas City. Between that time and the days following the Civil War, when the south was ground down by a clique of Northern Industrialists in governmental circles, there was no sale for Texas Cattle. The meat was dumped into the river and eaten by the fish. The tallow could be rendered and shipped and the hides could be salvaged and sold. There was the Gyles' Landing on Wilson Creek (approximately where the Collegeport Road crosses it today), and there were wharves jutting out into the bay at Matagorda where hundreds of bales of cotton stacked up awaiting the coming of the boats to carry it away. Although the locations of other ghost ports may be somewhat in dispute, the location of the Tidehaven wharves is pretty well established by its proximity to the old Hawley Cemetery containing the grave and statue of Shanghai Pierce. Highway 35 runs between the two just before crossing the Tres-Palacios River from the east. The new Tidehaven High School is within sight of the old Tidehaven landing, but some two or three miles away from it, at the junction of Highway 35 and the road to Collegeport. It is a modern, well-equipped high school with facilities for serving some 200 high schools from the surrounding communities of Markham, Blessing, El Maton, Ashby, Buckeye, Clemville, and Midfield. It is situated centrally in an area rapidly developing both agriculturally and industrially, there being eleven (11) oil fields in close proximity. George K. Nelson is the superintendent of the new district and Alfred Hansen is the business manager. At present the district has 27 teachers, with 20 other employees engaged in transportation, maintenance, clerical, library, and cafeteria work. Eleven buses transport the approximate 650 scholastic population to school daily, from an outlying area covering nearly 300 square miles of Western Matagorda County. Its area makes the district one of the largest in Texas as well as one of the wealthiest. First plans for the consolidating and creating of the new school district came about in the summer of 1948 when the school boards of the old Blessing and Markham Independent School Districts met to discuss plans to provide better educational facilities for the sparse and widely-scattered Negro scholastics. Before the evening was over the boards were enthusiastically discussing plans for the consolidation of the whole area and it was decided to submit the plan to the voters of the countryside. Petitions were received and elections ordered in both districts for the purpose of consolidation. On July 17, 1948, the people gave the proposal a thumping five to one landslide at the polls, thereby
 
 

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The Story of TIDEHAVEN I.S.D: Now completed on land adjoining the site of the old Port of Tidehaven on the Tres-Palacios River is one of Texas' most modern and well-equipped school plant. The new high school of the Tidehaven Consolidated School District will receive and perpetuate a name once important in Texas commerce, but for many years forgotten. Once the landing docks for river steamers, Tidehaven community also was the location of the Pierce Gin on the Shanghai Pierce Estate. Over the docks at Tidehaven were loaded cattle the Pierce Ranch sold on a 10-year contract to Spain. It is entirely possible that some of the descendants of the bold adventurers who first brought cattle to Texas from Spain were the very ones who bartered with Shanghai Pierce's ranch managers for the yearling descendants of these same cattle. Hides and tallow were also shipped over the Tidehaven wharves, cotton and cane and peaches by the boatload. But these became forgotten industries. Like many of the ghost ports now long gone, Tidehaven joined the limbo of the forgotten, and but for the head stones in the old Hawley cemetery nearby, might even be difficult to locate. Other such ports include Fulton Landing, where the Grimes' sold their cattle and where they also had a hide and tallow rendering plant. This was closed after beef markets developed in Kansas City. Between that time and the days following the Civil War, when the south was ground down by a clique of Northern Industrialists in governmental circles, there was no sale for Texas Cattle. The meat was dumped into the river and eaten by the fish. The tallow could be rendered and shipped and the hides could be salvaged and sold. There was the Gyles' Landing on Wilson Creek (approximately where the Collegeport Road crosses it today), and there were wharves jutting out into the bay at Matagorda where hundreds of bales of cotton stacked up awaiting the coming of the boats to carry it away. Although the locations of other ghost ports may be somewhat in dispute, the location of the Tidehaven wharves is pretty well established by its proximity to the old Hawley Cemetery containing the grave and statue of Shanghai Pierce. Highway 35 runs between the two just before crossing the Tres-Palacios River from the east. The new Tidehaven High School is within sight of the old Tidehaven landing, but some two or three miles away from it, at the junction of Highway 35 and the road to Collegeport. It is a modern, well-equipped high school with facilities for serving some 200 high schools from the surrounding communities of Markham, Blessing, El Maton, Ashby, Buckeye, Clemville, and Midfield. It is situated centrally in an area rapidly developing both agriculturally and industrially, there being eleven (11) oil fields in close proximity. George K. Nelson is the superintendent of the new district and Alfred Hansen is the business manager. At present the district has 27 teachers, with 20 other employees engaged in transportation, maintenance, clerical, library, and cafeteria work. Eleven buses transport the approximate 650 scholastic population to school daily, from an outlying area covering nearly 300 square miles of Western Matagorda County. Its area makes the district one of the largest in Texas as well as one of the wealthiest. First plans for the consolidating and creating of the new school district came about in the summer of 1948 when the school boards of the old Blessing and Markham Independent School Districts met to discuss plans to provide better educational facilities for the sparse and widely-scattered Negro scholastics. Before the evening was over the boards were enthusiastically discussing plans for the consolidation of the whole area and it was decided to submit the plan to the voters of the countryside. Petitions were received and elections ordered in both districts for the purpose of consolidation. On July 17, 1948, the people gave the proposal a thumping five to one landslide at the polls, thereby