PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS- FARLEY BOAT PLANTERS
Left from Aransas Pass over a long causeway and a ferry ($1.50 round trip, 50¢ for house trailers), to PORT ARANSAS, 5 m. (416 pop.) (boats and tackle for rent; ample tourist facilities), at the Gulf entrance to the Aransas Pass opening of the ship channel. This is a fishing resort on sandy, treeless Mustang Island, its few residences lost among the tourist lodges. Here are the United States Coast Guard Station and the Federal Weather Bureau Office, the latter stationed at this point to warn of hurricanes. A tarpon rodeo is held here annually.
—Texas, A Guide To the Lone Star State (WPA, 1940)
Port Aransas used to be one of the best tarpon fishing destinations in the world, and the local Farley family was renowned for its tarpon guides and boat building talents. Several years ago, the Port Aransas Garden Club commissioned a mold that allowed a near-replica (though not to scale) of the Farley Boats to be reproduced in concrete. These concrete planters continue to be sold by the Port Aransas Garden Club, and nearly every business and a large number of the homes in Port Aransas have one. My favorite thing about the planters is that everyone who buys one customizes their boat through plantings and decorations, so each ends up as unique as its owner.
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Brenna Brock is a State Guide to Texas who grew up in the western part of the state, but soon left for Austin in search of trees, hills, and occasional precipitation. When she’s not shooing varmints out of the garden, trying to cook native plants, or indulging her cats’ every whim, she’s probably chasing after something with a camera. She posts a photo nearly every day on Tumblr at Mr. Cake’s Photo Adventures.