What is this Big Blue Crab?
The Big Blue Crab of Rockport Tx has a very unique history in Aransas County. Rockport Texas is known for its beautiful beaches and seafood. Did you know that Rockport also had a giant big blue crab structure planned?
History of the Big Blue Crab
The famous big blue crab has been a popular tourist attraction in Aransas County since 1957. It all started when Sal Silverman, who owned the Del Mar Grill restaurant with his wife Dorothy, had an idea to build something eye-catching on top of it. They both wanted to create something special that would attract people to the restaurant and give them the edge over other restaurants nearby. Dorothy used locally caught blue crabs to make her signature delicious crab cakes. Not only would people come from far and wide seeking out this legendary dish, but people would stop by just to get a picture taken with the famous giant blue crab.
The crab was 18 X 25 feet wide and 25 feet deep from claw to fin. A company in Houston, which built floats for parades, had it constructed it from rebar, fiberglass, chicken wire, and paper mache. In 1965, the Grill closed. The next year, the crab was purchased by the Chamber of Commerce to be used in parades and displays to promote the Rockport area. In October 1966, the crab was moved to the Navigation Park, which is now Veterans Memorial Park. In 1969, a retired painter from Indiana, Ed Warner, repainted the crab. Tourists and locals loved to have their photographs taken in front of the crab.
First Crab was finally Destroyed.
The crab survived Hurricane Beulah in 1967 and Hurricane Celia in 1970. But eventually, time took its toll and the crab deteriorated. It was removed and later buried out by Palm Harbor. Summer of 2004, a committee was formed to “Bring Back the Big Blue Crab.” Money was raised at area events by selling crab-themed merchandise.
Big Blue Crab #2 was created and destroyed
In 2012, local artist David Allgood worked day and night on building a new crab. That August, the crab was installed on Little Bay to the west of the Beach entrance. The crab was one foot bigger than the original one which sat on top of the Del Mar Grill. Folks could once again have their photo taken in front of this famous Rockport icon.
The last crab we had was destroyed beyond repair during Hurricane Harvey, but plans are currently in the works to have a new Crab Built.
Hurricane Harvey destroyed the big blue crab of Rockport Tx. Efforts are underway to build a new crab. In November 2017, Winery on the Bay held a fundraiser and silent auction to raise funds for crab #3. About $5,000 was raised at this event, and more fundraisers are planned for 2018. The Winery is selling T-shirts with the sales going towards the rebuilding of the Big Blue Crab. Debbie Parker, the owner of The Winery, is spearheading the effort to bring the iconic crab back!! Aransas County residents and all of our visitors miss the crab. So, as the original crab committee used to say, “Let’s Bring Back the Big Blue Crab!”
Rockport Fulton is building a new crab and we need your help!
The Big Blue Crab will be the centerpiece of our waterfront development. It’s going to be an amazing place for people to come and enjoy themselves, but it needs your help. We want you to have a part in making this happen by ordering a custom brick that will be used as the walkway leading up to the crab when installed. You can even put your name on it!
Your support means so much to us and we hope you’ll consider placing an order today. This is one way you can make sure that this project becomes reality – all while getting something really cool out of it too! And if you don’t live near Rockport Fulton, Texas, then please share this with friends who do or just like crabs
Click here now for more information about how you can order a custom brick for installation at the new crab site!
Learn more about the restoration efforts and see some pictures of the new build click here.
This big blue crab is located between the Rockport Harbor Festival Grounds and the Little Bay Shoreline about 1 min walking distance of the Rockport Beach Park entrance in Rockport, Texas
According to those in charge of the new crab project they are planning the installation in the later part of July of this year.