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Agency

Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

In August 2010 and February–April 2012, personnel with Prewitt and Associates, Inc., performed an archeological survey for the proposed Mary Rhodes water pipeline (Phase II) in Jackson and Matagorda Counties, Texas. The work was done for Freese and Nichols, Inc., and the City of Corpus Christi under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 5688. Field survey targeted the most likely locations for Native American sites, consisting of the 24-acre pump station tract on the Colorado River and 5.35 km of pipeline route at 11 stream crossings, as well as several potential historic localities identified through analysis of historic maps and aerial photographs. In total, 56 shovel tests and 58 backhoe trenches were excavated. A single archeological site was found. This site, 41MG136, is an elevated railroad bed on the floodplain of the Colorado River that was built in the first decade of the twentieth century and abandoned by 1989. It is not considered eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designation as a State Archeological Landmark. No further archeological work is recommended.

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