Gold Star Court of Honor

Gold Star Court of Honor (HM28C4)

Location: Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Nueces County
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N 27° 47.646', W 97° 23.751'

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The Corpus Christi Gold Star Court of Honor pays tribute to the mothers of the servicemen of Nueces County killed during World War I (1914-1918). Incorporated into the existing Spohn Park, part of the Broadway Bluff improvements completed in 1916, this court was the first of its kind in the state when dedicated on March 22, 1931.

The court was a project of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), led by Mrs. Sam (Lillie) Rankin, regent of the Corpus Christi Chapter. The DAR was joined by the American Legion, as well as local civic, religious and business groups. The Gold Star Court was designed by Mrs. Frank de Garmo. Instrumental in establishing Courts of Honor in northeast cities, de Garmo envisioned the memorial as a living space to honor the fallen servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice in the 'War to End All Wars.'
The city planted crepe myrtle trees and built a gold star light, three feet in diameter, outlined with yellow and white lamps; in the center read the words, "Our 1917 World War Gold Star Heroes." The gold star was located at the northern point of the highest terraces, and at the opposite end, Nueces County officials placed a magnificent flagpole. On August 2, 1932, a British 5-inch field piece and a 3-inch caisson and limber were added to the site. Later, large concrete letters reading "World

War Memorial Gold Star Court" were placed in a semicircle.

In 1988, Broadway Bluff, Spohn Park, and the gold star court were listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The site fell into disrepair until volunteers undertook a restoration project in 2000. A private, city, and county effort, the Gold Star Court — the first in Texas — honors Nueces County's revered heroes and their mothers.
Marker is property of The State of Texas
HM NumberHM28C4
Year Placed2014
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 658034 N 3075425
Decimal Degrees27.79410000, -97.39585000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 47.646', W 97° 23.751'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 47' 38.76" N, 97° 23' 45.06" W
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Area Code(s)361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 213 N Mesquite St, Corpus Christi TX 78401, US
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