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The Tarpon Inn – Port Aransas, Texas

September 1st, 2018

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A portion of the 7,000 scales hung up on the walls in the lobby of The Tarpon Inn. Photo: Kelly Groce

Tarpon, Texas

Port Aransas, Texas was once upon a time called Tarpon, Texas because of the large numbers of Tarpon being caught in its surrounding waters. In the early 1900’s, the word about the abundance of Tarpon in the area began to spread and fisherman from all over the country began making their way south to see for themselves.

United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of these fisherman. Prior to WWII in 1937, FDR came to Port Aransas on a mission to catch a big Texas tarpon. FDR and his son Elliott fished with the famous fishing guide, Barney Farley. Barney Farley was a guide and a brother to Fred Farley who designed Farley Boats. FDR caught a 4’, 80 lb. tarpon that day (pictured right) and apparently had a blast while doing so.

If you caught a tarpon back then, the tradition was to sign and date one of its scales. These scales were then hung on the wall inside of the Tarpon Inn. FDR continued with this custom and added his scale to the wall.

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President Roosevelt catching a tarpon on a Farley boat off the coast of Port Aransas in 1937 with famous fishing guide, Barney Farley. Photo: Doc McGregor

The Tarpon Inn was built in 1886 with surplus lumber from the Civil War barracks. The building became a hotel after it was first housed by men working on the south jetty in Port Aransas. It’s been a popular place for fisherman and visitors to stay ever since.

The Texas Historic Landmark, The Tarpon Inn, established in 1886. Photo: Wikipedia

The walls in the lobby of the Tarpon Inn are covered in over 7,000 tarpon scales (a portion pictured above). Each scale has the signature and hometown of the angler, along with the date, size and weight of their catch. It is truly remarkable to see this sort of history on the walls. There are scales from all over the country, even the world. The oldest scale dates back to the 1890’s. The most famous scale in the collection is the one signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt himself.

The Tarpon Inn is a beautiful and historic place to stay if you plan on visiting Port Aransas. You can walk to nearby restaurants and bars, and watch large tankers and fishing boats go by from your rocking chair on the long, sea breezy porch. The beach and jetty is also just a short drive away. The rooms are very comfortable, but do not have televisions or telephones that way you can truly relax on island time.

 

The Tarpon Inn
200 E. Cotter Ave.
Port Aransas, TX 78373
www.TheTarponInn.com or 361.749.5555

 

 

Harvest Moon Regatta Donates to Port Aransas Hurricane Harvey Recovery

November 21st, 2017

Members of Lakewood Yacht Club and the Bay Access Foundation presented a check for $22,638 to the Port Aransas Education Fund, and the Seabrook Rotary Club presented its own check for $2,000 on November 7, 2017.

Port Aransas sustained considerable damage during Hurricane Harvey including the destruction of the new basketball court in the high school gymnasium. The Port Aransas High basketball teams were on hand to accept the check as the funds will be used to pay for a portable gym in the Port Aransas Civic Center until their school’s gym can be repaired.

“Port A has been a gracious host to the finish and post-race festivities of our Annual Harvest Moon Regatta for many years,” said LYC Commodore Jim Winton. “As soon as we heard of the devastation in Port Aransas, we gathered our resources and started thinking of ways to help. The Lakewood community is very pleased to have worked with HMR race organizers and volunteers to raise this contribution through various raffles and our Hurricane Harvey/Port A Recovery Fund.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Harvest Moon Regatta, visit www.harvestmoonregatta.com. Information about the Bay Access Foundation can be found at www.bay-access.org.
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Check Presentation: Photo provided by Port Aransas South Jetty Reporter Zach Perkins