Site of Kinney's Trading Post

Site of Kinney's Trading Post (HM28C6)

Location: Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Nueces County
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N 27° 47.594', W 97° 23.782'

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Henry L. Kinney, born in Pennsylvania in June 1814, came to this area about 1858 and established a fort-like trading post (across Broadway). The building, enclosed by a stockade, contained his home, store, and quarters for armed men. The bulk of Kinney's trade was with Indians and smuggling for Mexican Federalists who were in constant conflict with Centralist forces. The city of Corpus Christi grew up around the post.

In 1845 Kinney's business boomed as Gen. Zachary Taylor's army camped in the area until March 1846, when it moved to the Rio Grande. Kinney enlisted with Taylor as a quartermaster and served in the U.S. War with Mexico until Oct. 1846. Upon returning from Mexico, Kinney won election to the state legislature, representing this district until 1853. When business began to falter in the early 1850's, he organized the "Lone Star Fair" in an attempt to attract settlers. The venture failed and forced him into bankruptcy.

Kinney then attempted, unsuccessfully, to gain control of the "Mosquito Kingdom" in Nicaragua. After returning to Corpus Christi in 1858, he again won a seat in the legislature, from which he resigned in 1861, to resume international intrigues. Kinney was killed in the early 1860s in Matamoros under unknown circumstances.
HM NumberHM28C6
Year Placed1973
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 10th, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 657984 N 3075329
Decimal Degrees27.79323333, -97.39636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 47.594', W 97° 23.782'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 47' 35.64" N, 97° 23' 46.92" W
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Area Code(s)361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 352-498 N Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi TX 78401, US
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