Queen City of the West

125th Anniversary of the 1886 Hurricane







Brian Burns performs his tribute to the City of Indianola at the LaSalle Monument on Matagorda Bay the morning of August 20th. At the Bauer Community Center in Port Lavaca at 12:00 - Brian will take you on a trip through Texas history through his songs.

Doors open at the Bauer at 11:00, so get your lunch and be ready to step back in history.

New Book on Indianola!

CAMP INDIANOLA and Other Stories by Curtis Foester, Jr.

On sale at the Calhoun County Museum starting the week of August 8th and at the Bauer Center on August 20. 361-553-4689


The early Texas frontier seaport of Indianola was struck a devastating blow by a hurricane in 1875. Many of the survivors moved inland; some moving their homes to Port Lavaca, Victoria, and Cuero. About a quarter of the citizens decided to remain to rebuild their lives, homes, and businesses.

Just 11 years later, in the summer of 1886, another hurricane, much stronger than the one in 1875, again destroyed lives, homes, businesses and finally... dreams. It was the death of Indianola as it was known.

On the 125th anniversary of the 1886 hurricane, Indianola will be "Remembered" at the La Salle Monument on Matagorda Bay in a ceremony presented by the Calhoun County Historical Commission. The morning event begins at 9:00 and should last around 1-1/2 hours, or so... Activities will continue at the Bauer Community Center in Port Lavaca starting at 11:30...

This will be a very special day for Indianola and we hope that you will join us.

August 20, 2011

INDIANOLA - LA SALLE Monument (On the Bay)
Starts at 9 AM

o Welcome - Chairman Phil Ellenberger
o Native American Blessing - Isaac Cardenas
o Invocation - Rev. Howard Hartzog
o Presentation of Colors and Pledges - Boy Scout Troop 361
o Native American Welcome Song - Boy Scout Troop 361
o Introduction of Guests - Chairman Phil Ellenberger
o Indianola Diorama - Rev. Howard Hartzog
o Texas Camel Corps - Doug Baum
o "Indianola" by - Brian Burns
o Bandera County Historical Commission Dedication of a Monument Marker
o Recognition of Descendants - Mary Belle Meitzen
o Traditional German Music - Dennis Reidesel
o Indianola Tribute - Leonard McCown
o Descendant Recognition and Commemoration - Mary Belle Meitzen
o Tejano 1890 Period Music - Robert Ojeda
o Closing - Wreath - Rev. Howard Hartzog
o Taps - Robert Ojeda & Mack Sistrunk
o Retiring of Colors - Boy Scout Troop 361
o Benediction - Rev. Howard Hartzog
Cemetery Self Tour -
o Indianola Cemetery & Cemetery on the Ridge (map provided)

2300 State Hwy 35N
Port Lavaca (Hwy 35 near the Causeway)

Texas Camel Corps - (Outside - Ongoing through the afternoon) Educational program by Doug Baum on the role of Indianola in the "Great Camel Experiment of the Southwest". (And anything else you'd like to know about Camels!)

11:30 - Welcome - Mayor Jack Whitlow
11:15 - Indianola poem by Tommy Garrison
11:30 - Indianola Database by Patsy Hand
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch is Served
12:00 - 1:00 - Texas Singer/Song Writer BRIAN BURNS
1:00 - Chihuahua Trail Presentation by Vicki Scism
1:45 - Indianola Presentation by Linda Wolff
2:30 - Yolanda Chacon Beniquez - Tejano music and Ballet Folklorico Dancers Perform
Shop & Look Around
3:15 - African Americans at Indianola - Michael Nash
4:00 - German Music Presentation by Dennis Reidesel
4:30 - Music by Jack Motley
5:00 - Close


Although the old city is gone, there is still plenty to see!











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