Gem City Of The Gulf

Once an Indian village, Portland was founded in 1890 and by 1943 had a population of 500 citizens. The original townsite came into being from 840 acres purchased by John C. Willacy.

The New England Land & New England R.E. Company purchased 1,280 acres of land east and northeast of the 640 acres.

Most of the stockholders of these companies resided in Portland, Maine, thus the town was named in honor of their hometown.

Portland is a city of 9.12 square miles located in San Patricio County. Portland's population of over 14,000 and growing, provides a work force for the Coastal Bend's industries and businesses.

Portland is described as being one of the most attractive and pleasant spots in Texas. It is situated on a beautiful 30 to 40 foot high bluff - second highest on the Gulf Coast - and overlooks 150 square miles of dancing waves fronting the deepest water in Corpus Christi Bay.

Tourists often describe Portland as being particularly fortunate with her mild climate and prevailing breezes.

As a place for sportsmen, Portland offers great attractions. Ducks and other game are in great abundance, while the bays abound with redfish, tarpon and other varieties of fish. More oysters and fish are taken from these waters than any other point on the Gulf Coast. Portland is located along the pathways of the Spring and Fall migrations making it a birder's delight.

Indian Point Fishing Pier and Park attracts many tourists for fishing and bird watching. Indian Point has been designated as site #73 of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. While there, one may catch a glimpse of a "Snowy Egret", Porland's official bird. The Fred Jones sanctuary has been designated as site #74, a 11.5 acre tract, a wildlife sanctuary located near Koonce Loop, just west of the city. During the Spring, wildflowers are at bloom.

Portland's residents enjoy a quiet small town atmosphere, excellent school system noted for high academic and athletic achievement with easy access to the area beaches. Salt and freshwater recreational activities are enjoyed by many.

The Taste of Portland is an annual event which gives local businesses an opportunity to demonstrate their talents. Local restaurants and grocery stores prepare a variety of delicious foods for well over 400 guests. After a tasty sampling, the excitement starts with a live auction of other Portland business services and products. Proceeds go to the Chamber and help fund an annual scholarship given to Gregory-Portland High School students in May. The Taste of Portland is held on the first Saturday In February.

The 25th Annual Windfest is a Portland tradition, formerly called Pioneer Days, Windfest highlights the excitement and entertainment for more than just the local folks. With carnivals, arts and crafts, beauty pageants, games, 5K and 10K runs, chili and bean cook-offs, Jalapeno eating contest and more. Visiting Portland during the third week in April is something to look forward to.

The Annual Christmas Parade of Lights is Portland's way of opening the holiday season. Schools and local merchants with their creative floats and costumes provide interesting opportunities for visitors and local residents. After the parade, folks can visit and enjoy Christmas music performed by local talent and choirs plus a visit from the big man himself, Santa.

Portland has one of the best golf courses in the state. North Shore Golf Course hosted the 1996 Senior Series Golf Tournament. With 18 holes on 176 acres, North Shore provides a picturesque setting for any golfer. A day of golf and an evening dinner at the club will certainly put the cares of the world behind you.

For more information:
Portland Chamber of Commerce
2000 Redwood Drive
Portland, Texas 78374
(512) 643-2475