Though it’s known today as the home to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus, Ward Island has an interesting history. In 1892, developer John Ward bought a triangle of land wedged between Oso Bay and Corpus Christi Bay known as “Island A.” Ward’s goal was to make this area an exclusive resort community, but an economic depression crushed these plans. Though Ward left the area after the depression, the island became his namesake.
In 1942, the government condemned Ward Island following the Naval Air Station formation. Five years later, Ward Island gained a new purpose as home to 312 Corpus Christi scholars of the University of Corpus Christi (UCC), an institute affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
The University of Corpus Christi was acquired by Texas A&M in 1972, and by 1993, Ward Island became home to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Today, you’ll find both students and nature lovers wandering the island, as the hike and bike trail wraps 7.3 miles around Ward Island.