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About Port O'Connor

Port O'Connor, Texas (P.O.C. for short) is a small fishing village on the Texas Coast a little more than half-way between Houston and Corpus Christi. It is often known as the "Best Kept Secret on the Gulf Coast" for its relaxing, laid-back atmosphere, and numerous fishing and boating venues. [1] It is part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. View Larger Map

The primary industry of Port O'Connor is sportfishing and tourism. It used to be known for commercial shrimping with direct access to Matagorda Bay, and only a few miles from the open Gulf of Mexico. The area is renowned for bay, off-shore and wade fishing, with redfish, trout, and flounder among the most common catches. Sports enthusiasts also come to Port O'Connor to hunt duck, geese and alligator.

Just off the shore of Port O'Connor lies one of the most pristine natural habitats:
Matagorda Island. Once an army air base, the island is now a National Preserve and home to a wide variety of endangered migratory birds. Visitors come from all over the country to observe these rare and beautiful species.

The weather in Port O'Connor is warm to hot in the summers, with winters cool to icy. Humidity is rather high, and the area has been host to hurricane landings several times within the past 100 years.

Also due to its small size, all mail is sent to the general post office, which has no door-to-door delivery service. On February 9, 1996 Joyce Rhyne, Margaret Jennings, and Charloette Graham started local free newspaper, Dolphin Talk, which covers stories on local events in Port O'Connor and its surrounding areas.



Education

Port O'Connor Elementary School serves grades PK-6 in the Calhoun County Independent School District. It is a Texas and National Blue Ribbon School, a distinguished Title I School, and is among the few public schools in Texas to receive a distinguished Great Schools Rating of 9 out of 10. In 2009-2010 this school was rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency.

Port O'Connor is served by the Calhoun County Independent School District.

Due to its small population the town only has one school, Port O'Connor Elementary School, which has the dolphin as its mascot. Port O'Connor Elementary School covers Pre-Kindergarten through grade six. Children are then bused to the nearby town of Port Lavaca to finish their seventh through twelfth grade educations. The secondary schools that serve Port O'Connor are Seadrift Middle School, Travis Middle School, and Calhoun High School.

The school is located at Fifth and Monroe Streets.

361.983.2341
Lydia Strakos, Principal



Landmarks

Aside from the school, Port O'Connor has a handful of landmark buildings that mark the town's community. Church worship is a strong part of the community, with two of the oldest buildings being the First Baptist Church on 5th Street and Jefferson, and Saint Joseph's Catholic Church on Adams and Washington.

The town has also recently built a community center where local groups and individuals can meet in either a recreation atmosphere or for general meetings. Several watering holes locals take up in were the Hurricane Junction, open under new ownership, and Madden's Lounge.

Another local treasure is the Matagorda Lighthouse which is depicted in the town's Chamber of Commerce seal. Formerly it served as a working lighthouse beginning in 1873, but over the years has now served as a landmark monument to times gone by. In 1984 it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The black conical tower, which was automated in 1956, is made of cast iron and features a solar powered light. During the summer season another town landmark is often used. It is the Front Beach Pier. Destroyed in 2003's Hurricane Claudette, it was rebuilt one year later and serves as a scenic look-out point to Matagorda Bay. Another major landmark in the town is Clark's Restaurant and Marina. At over ninety years old, the marina half of the business is one of the oldest in the state.