So, Indianola, has it been with thee,
Thou once fair city by the moonlit sea!
Thy fame is
ended and thy beauty fled -
Bleak memory calls thee from
the silent dead.
Thy streets are nameless, and the sea-weeds
Along thy walks where life was wont to flow.
Forever dead! fore'er thy dream is o'er!
alone on Memory's barren shore.
The sun that sets, yet sets
to rise again,
Will smile the same, yet smile on thee in
While moonbeams dancing as the billows roar,
Will seem as bright, yet dance on thee no more.
McLemore 1889 (Indianola and Other Poems)
| "In Indianola when the railroad track was built on wharf
to T-head it deprived sixty draymen of a livelihood, but all economic conditions
finally adjust themselves and the town soon recovered from this depression.
Her business increased in volume, revenues were multiplied, and great prosperity
was evinced along every line to such an extent that she was called "The
Queen City of the West" and ranked with Galveston as one of the two
important seaports on the Texas Coast." (Mrs. Lelia Seeligson - "A
History of Indianola")|
From the rigging of the Texana, Helmuth
Holtz sketched what he saw of Indianola in 1860. In
the back of the town lies Powderhorn Lake, West Pocket and a ribbon thin
bayou that still meanders to the west of the beach front road. To the right
(north) of the major pier on the right there is a small structure in the
water that is likely the ship Perseverance that caught fire
while docked at the pier and was pushed away where
it burned and sank in 1856. The Morgan Wharf is located to the far left
of the picture.
For an extraordinary "bird's eye view" of Indianola
here. Be sure to use the zoom in feature for amazing detail.
Much of Indianola today is located beneath Matagorda bay.
Main Street, once 70 feet wide, is located just off the beach to the left
as one drives south along Ocean Dr. toward Powderhorn Pass.
According to Brownson Malsch, author of "Indianola
- The Mother of Western Texas", the residents of Indianola believed
the city was uniquely situated on the bay and were protected from hurricanes.
Residents of Galveston had similar beliefs. Small hurricanes or tropical
storms they had experienced prior to 1875 convinced them they had seen
the worst nature could deliver. That belief was changed by the hurricane
of September 1875.
View of Indian Point, Indianola and Powderhorn
Lake from Matagorda Bay via Google
View from above
Powderhorn Lake looking toward Matagorda Bay.