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Key Allegro Island's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary Celebration

Key Allegro Island Estates officially celebrated its 50 year anniversary on October 20 of 2012.

Since the island was purchased by Carl C. Krueger Jr. and his group of investors for $65,000 in 1962, the subdivision has evolved, and endured, as it helped transform Rockport into the tourist and retirement mecca it is today. It is only fitting that we step back and acknowledge this unique development's place in history after 50 years.

Original bridge to the island

Saturday morning began with a dedication of a plaque in the Key Allegro Park honoring Key Allegro's founder, Carl C. Krueger Jr.

 

Tidbits From Old Newsletters

From Key Allegro Marina Messages 76-77

We certainly hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and partook of the delectable morsels commonly consumed at this festive season. Since the Marina is closed for only three days each year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years), we really appreciate having a day off.

Many of our summer visitors do not realize the beautiful weather and fantastic fishing that we have during October and November. The Red fish and trout enter the estuaries and this enables the fishermen to seek his prey on even the windiest of days.

Our utterances for December consist of varied products, some boating information, a fishing report, boats for sale and miscellaneous news.

FISHING REPORT

The trout and Red fishing was superb during the first half of November. The trout were running into the canals and the average size of these fish was quite large.
Recently, Ed Berry showed us a stringer of trout weighing 19 pounds which were caught behind his house in just over an hour.
The cooler fall weather has brought the trout into the areas of warmer water and into the deeper holes and channels that are found in Little Bay and Harbor Oaks. There have also been good catches of fish from the Taylor Island areas of Trout Bayou, Big Bayou and California Hole.
There have been two very large Red fish brought into the Marina. A 30 pounder was caught in the local area by G. D. Lingo of Fulton. The fish measured 37 inches long. Another Red Fish was caught off shore by George Taggart. His fish weighed 37 pounds.
George also caught a 31 pound Drum the following week. His catches were at an oil rig approximately 3 miles off shore.
Unfortunately the weather deteriorated the last two weeks of the month and fishing has not been as active. This cold wave should concentrate the fish in the deeper holes and produce some excellent catches.

KEY ALLEGRO BOAT MART

24' AQUASPORT - this is practically a new boat with very few hours and a super price. A 1976 center console model with two 135 HP new Johnson outboards. Other features include tilt and power trim, steel props, Ritchie compass, twin tachs, speedometer, 100 gallon fuel capacity, Morse controls, anchor and chocks with 150' line, console seat cushion and cover, insulated seat/fish box; all curtains for full enclosure, sun top, and bow rail. Also, to make more of these hot spots easily accessible a tandem heavy duty sportsman trailer with brakes and power winch included.

From Key Note - November 1967

This is too good to just show excerpts. You can read the whole issue here.

 

KEY ALLEGRO, TEXAS. Key Allegro is a coastal development located on a triangular peninsula between the communities of Rockport and Fulton in southwestern Aransas County. Cut off from the mainland by Little Bay, the area was used by Karankawa Indians before Anglo settlement. By the late 1860s, with the development of Rockport and Fulton, a hide and tallow factory owned by a man named Cushman operated on the land. In 1874 Bavarian Franz Josef Frandolig obtained a patent from the state of Texas for the property. With his family, he ran a farm and salt works, and the peninsula became known as Frandolig Point. Apparently the Frandolig family was no longer on the site when a severe hurricane swept it clean in 1919. For several decades only fishermen and birdwatchers occasionally visited the area that had become a haven for wildlife.

In 1953 the Aransas County Navigation District purchased from the state 604 acres of "submerged" land in Little Bay. This property, however, included a portion of Frandolig Point, and the Dabney and Ona Petty family, who possessed chain of title back to Franz Josef Frandolig, sued the navigation district over 165 acres of dry land. The Pettys won their lawsuit and in turn sold more than 200 acres of Frandolig Point to the Aransas County Navigation District in the spring of 1955. Initially the district planned to lease the island peninsula to developers for the purpose of constructing resort housing and recreation facilities, but in 1958 district commissioners made plans to put the land up for sale. Carl Krueger, Jr., of San Antonio purchased Frandolig Point in 1961 and renamed it Key Allegro. He envisioned a resort community with 1,000 homes, a country club, and a marina.

Construction had begun by 1962, and work included the dredging of short canals to provide waterfront lots. The dredged material in turn was used as fill to raise the lots, and concrete bulkheads were installed to protect against erosion. A motel and restaurant opened in 1963. In the mid-1960s Krueger even held a short-lived porpoise show as entertainment and publicity for Key Allegro. The popular development grew steadily and what started as a resort area with weekend homes grew into an affluent community. Extensive construction continued throughout the 1970s, and by the mid-1980s Key Allegro reported an estimated population of 600. By the mid-1990s there was no more room for development on the peninsula, and wealthy buyers tore down some older beach houses to construct larger estates. In 2000 the unincorporated community maintained a population of 600.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Aransas County-Rockport Centennial, A Glimpse at Our Past...on the Occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Incorporation of Rockport, 1870, and the Establishment of Aransas County, 1871 (Corpus Christ: Coastal Printing, 1971). William Allen and Sue Hastings Taylor, Aransas: The Life of a Texas Coastal County (Austin: Eakin Press, 1997). Key Allegro website (http://www.keyallegro.com), accessed June 30, 2004. Vertical File, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Laurie E. Jasinski

Laurie E. Jasinski, "KEY ALLEGRO, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlk20), accessed July 27, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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