Bolivar Peninsula’s agricultural history

Hello, Crystal Beach News-I was wondering, please, if anybody could tell me why agriculture is no longer commercially practiced on the Bolivar Peninsula? I remember reading that historically, the Peninsula was a producer of fruits and vegetables, and even grew some of the finest watermelons in all of Texas. When and why did this farming tradition end? (October 22, 2013)

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2 Responses to “Bolivar Peninsula’s agricultural history”

  1. Brenda Beust Smith says:

    Not only was the peninsula covered with watermelon patches, we remember that big airplane hanger- like place on the bayside of the Jane Long Highway (87 back then) where you could buy all sorts of fresh fruits n vegetables. Don’t know who ran it. We got our eggs &tomatoes from Cooper (can’t remember his last name) in Emerald 2 and the rest of our groceries from Land Mart.

  2. Garry Kent says:

    Bolivar was not only noted for watermelons but cotton too. Why did it disappear? I suspect the lack of sufficient fresh water, untimely storms and development all contributed to the demise of farming on the peninsula. Unless you are born into farming it’s highly unlikely that an outsider will jump into it on a commercial level. And the storms from the gulf combined with drought years probably put the old time farmers out of business along with the transition from an agrarian society to a manufacturing one during the last century. Just my opinion but the days of when cotton was king died out by the depression year.

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