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County
Calhoun
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 1,364
2000 Census - 1,352
Nearby
Towns
Seadrift, Texas
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Seadrift Texas History:
This fishing port town is the only town located on San Antonio Bay. It was probably named for the jetsam from the Guadalupe River which floated up on the beaches. The jetsam included debris from the hurricane that destroyed Indianola in 1866. The post office opened in 1891. In May, 1911 A.D. Powers offered 5 acres outside the city for each lot purchased within the city limits; this began a rapid expansion of the town. The boom ended with the 1919 hurricane which caused massive damage to the town. Seadrift is a rice producing area and has nice murals painted on several of its buildings. This quiet town with no stoplights is a perfect place to visit and fish. Seadrift is located on the north side of San Antonio Bay on SH 185, 17 miles southwest of Port Lavaca, and 30 miles southeast of Victoria, Texas.    
 
Historic City of Seadrift:
“Settlement began here in the 1840s when German immigrants disembarking at Indianola settled in the vicinity. A post office was opened in 1888, and the name Seadrift was inspired by the debris blown in by heavy storms from the Gulf of Mexico. In 1912, A.D. Powers founded the Seadrift Townsite Company; the city was incorporated that December. By 1914, the town had 3 churches, 2 banks, 4 hotels, factories, a telephone line, and a weekly newspaper called The Seadrift Success.” The marker is located on SH 185, Seadrift.
 
Seadrift City Harbor:
Amenities include a public boat ramp with two boat launches, a dock, boat stalls for lease, and parking. Follow Main Street to the harbor.
 
Calhoun County Public Library Seadrift Branch:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon & Wed, 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm; Tue & Thu, 12pm-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm. (361) 785-4241. 502South 4th Street.
 
Seadrift Annual Events:
The Seadrift Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual June Shrimpfest, the annual Halloween Bash in October with a haunted house and a parade, and the annual Christmas tree lighting in December. (361) 785-3424.
 
Annual Texas River Marathon, Cuero, TX to Victoria, TX, Early May:
This 35 mile race is from River Haven RV Resort in Cuero (351 Crestview Drive, 77954) to the Pump House Restaurant in Victoria (1201 West Stayton, 77901. This is the preliminary race to determine starting positions for the 260 mile Texas Water Safari Race in early June. It is not mandatory to enter this race in order to enter the longer race. The cut-off deadline for reaching the 477 Nursery Bridge is 1:30pm.  
 
Annual Texas Water Safari Race, San Marcos to Seadrift, TX, Early June:
This is the world’s toughest canoe race. The 260 mile, 100 hour race begins at the former Aquarena Springs Amusement Park at Spring Lake in San Marcos. This former park is now owned by Texas State University who has renamed it Aquarena Center. Race participants enter the water at Spring Lake. The Blanco and San Marcos Rivers join four miles downstream. The San Marcos River then passes through Luling and continues to Gonzales. Near Gonzales, the River flows into the Guadalupe River (75 miles from Aquarena Springs). The race course continues down the Guadalupe River and ends at Bayfront Park in at Seadrift on the Gulf of Mexico. Palmetto State Park is the fourth check-in point. Victoria, Texas is also a check-in point.
 
Shrimp Fest, 2nd Weekend in June:
Activities include pageants, shrimp eating contests, tin boat races, several tournaments including baseball, horseshoes and washers, live music, a beer can regatta, a fun run bike rally, a 5K run and walk, a seafood cook-off, karaoke contests, a kids fishing tournament, and lots of shrimp eating. This event is held on the Seadrift Bayfront on Bay Avenue near 12th Street. (361) 785-3424.
 
Chunky Monkey's Seafood Market:
(361) 785-2138. 621 Main Street.
 
Market, Seafood Harvest:
They sell fresh seafood and specialize in crabs. (361) 785-2570. 103 Bay Avenue.
 
Bubba’s Cajun Food:
Bubba’s serves great seafood, boiling pots, hamburgers and more. (361 785-2645. The restaurant is located at 1142 SH 185 East. Reviews
 
Shrimp Shack:
(361) 785-3663. 302 West Broadway Avenue.