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Fulton (Aransas County)

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Fulton was founded by George W. Fulton in 1867 on the east shore of Live Oak Peninsula facing Aransas Bay. Fulton is a resort community. Texas highway 35 runs in a north–south line through Fulton on 8th Street, concealing from motorists the extraordinary experience of Fulton Beach Road. This narrow lane follows the coastline of the bay, just above the water's edge, from Live Oak Point at the northeast tip of the peninsula until it merges with Broadway in Rockport on the south, just past Little Bay and Key Allegro on Frandolig Island. To one side are the water, docks, and one small stretch of commercial development; to the other a steep slope thickly wooded in places with the extraordinary live oak trees from which this landform takes its name, their canopies blown into asymmetrical shapes by the persistent breezes that cross St. Joseph's Island from the Gulf of Mexico. Perched along the slope are a long line of houses and small-scale apartments and motels, few of which are distinguished but that work collectively with the landscape to create a sense of place that is unpretentious and inviting. At points, blankets of vines carpet undergrowth in a spectacularly surreal fashion. With Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi ( CC29), Fulton Beach Road is the one urbanized stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that can be called beautiful without fear of invidious comparison. Its small scale, relaxed pace, and minimal (so far) rapacious real estate development and aggressive infrastructure impositions suggest the happy medium between building and nature that is painfully absent elsewhere along Texas's long coastline.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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