Details for The Mercer Family on Mustang Island (Atlas Number 5507016851)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507016851

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Marker Number 16851
Atlas Number 5507016851
Marker Title The Mercer Family on Mustang Island
Index Entry Mercer Family, The, on Mustang Island
Address 101 E. Brundrett
City Port Aransas
County Nueces
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 690946
UTM Northing 3080503
Subject Codes water topics; islands; boats, ships, ferries, barges, and other marine vessels
Marker Year 2011
Designations
Marker Location In front of Port Aransas Museum on the grassy esplanade (City of Port Aransas property) at the corner of Brundrett and Alister Streets
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text THE MERCER FAMILY ON MUSTANG ISLAND ROBERT AINSWORTH MERCER (1799-1875) ARRIVED ON MUSTANG ISLAND CA. 1855. AFTER STARTING A SMALL SETTLEMENT, MERCER WAS APPOINTED NUECES COUNTY’S WRECK MASTER, WITH OVERSIGHT OF THE DISPOSITION OF VESSELS LOST CROSSING ARANSAS PASS. HIS SONS, JOHN (1840-1896) AND EDWARD (NED) (1842-?), SERVED AS ARANSAS PASS BAR PILOTS. IN 1880, JOHN BECAME THE FIRST KEEPER OF THE ARANSAS LIFE SAVING STATION, WHICH LATER BECAME THE U.S. COAST GUARD STATION THAT CONTINUES TODAY. THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MERCER FAMILY WERE DOCUMENTED IN EXHAUSTIVE JOURNALS FROM 1866 THROUGH 1877 AND THESE TEXTS WERE PRESERVED BY SUCCESSIVE MERCER DESCENDANTS, RECOGNIZING THE FAMILY’S INFLUENCE ON THE AREA’S HISTORY. 175 YEARS OF TEXAS INDEPENDENCE * 1836-2011