History of Corpus Christi
& Andy’s Country Kitchen
In the Year 1519
On the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay (Corpus Christi Bay). The bay took the name of the feast day celebrating the "Body of Christ."
Corpus Christi is known as the Old Indian Trading Grounds.
Mexico gains independence from Spain. The Old Indian Trading Grounds become part of Mexico.
Traders are known to have landed on the coast on the Corpus Christi Bay.
Texas gains independence from Mexico. The Old Indian Trading Grounds become part of the Republic of Texas, although the area was claimed by both Texas and Mexico.
Corpus Christi is known as Kinney's Ranch or Kinney's Trading Post which was founded by Henry Kinney.
On January 17, the unrecognized country of the Republic of the Rio Grande claimed the area
south of the Nueces River which included Kinney's Ranch. On November 6, the Republic of the Rio
Grande collapsed. Possession of the area returns to the Republic of Texas while Mexico still claimed
the area as its own.
Kinney's Ranch became a major military outpost with the concentration of half the Army under the command of Zachary Taylor. The United States annexes the Republic of Texas on December 29. Kinney's Ranch becomes part of the United States of America.
The city took the name Corpus Christi because a “more definite postmark for letters was needed.”
Corpus Christi was incorporated on September 9. Residents elected a city council and a mayor, Benjamin F. Neal, who served from 1852 to 1855.
Corpus Christi Population: 175 - City, 2,960 - County.
Corpus Christi becomes part of the Confederate States of America.
Henry Kinney was killed in a gunfight in Mexico on March 3, 1862.
Confederate States of America collapses and possession returns to the
United States of America.
A city charter was adopted.
The Hurricane of 1919 almost destroys Corpus Christi.
Population: 10,522 - City, 22,807 - County.
The Port of Corpus Christi opens.
NAS Corpus Christi was commissioned on March 12.
Agueda ‘Agie’ was born in Veracruz, Veracruz Mexico to Zozimo & Graciela Vazquez.
Andy’s Coffee Cove opens for business on Shoreline Drive. Andy’s and Agie are born in the same year.
The Harbor Bridge opens.
Population: 167,690 - City, 221,573 - County. Corpus Christi National Airport Opens.
Agueda ‘Agie’ Vasquez moves to the United States
Andy’s moves to 5802 S. Staples – Opens for business as Andy’s Country Kitchen.
Agie marries the love of her life and becomes ‘Mrs. Israel Dominguez.’
Agie becomes a waitress at Andy’s Country Kitchen
Population: 277,454 - City.
Corpus Christi is selected as an All-American City.
Agie Dominguez, a favorite waitress at Andy’s for over 20 years, becomes the new owner of Andy’s Country Kitchen.