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Terrific Things Corpus Christi Gave the World: Clara Driscoll, Savior of the Alamo

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

So you think you know this city? Are you ready to earn your graduate degree in all-things Corpus Christi? Everyone knows what’s to love, with over 100 miles of gulf shore and bayside beaches ringing our Coastal Bend, not to mention an average year-round temperature of 72.15°. But do you know what else makes this city so special?

Clara Driscoll, Savior of the Alamo


If it hadn’t been for Corpus Christi philanthropist and businesswoman Clara Driscoll, many a Texan might forget to “Remember the Alamo!” Driscoll, along with other brassy babes of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas saved the crumbling old San Antonio mission and pivotal site in the Texas Revolution from being sold off in 1905.

Her life story didn’t end there. She was also a banker and hotel maven. The former Robert Driscoll Hotel (named for Clara’s brother) was the tallest building in Corpus Christi upon its completion in the Upper Broadway area in 1942. In the 1970s, it was stripped to its steel girders and remodeled and now is known as the Wells Fargo Tower. After her passing in 1945, her massive fortune was left to create the Driscoll Foundation Children's Hospital, still in operation today.

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