Port Bolivar is located in Galveston County. The area was once inhabited by Karankawa Indians but white settlers arrived in 1819. The town that grew up was known for a while as Parksville but was changed to Pepper Grove which changed to Port Bolivar in 1876. Port Bolivar was one of the first ports established in Texas, and it played a lively role in the economic life of the area. the local industries include fish and seafood, lumber, cattle, and hides. At the Port Bolivar Recreation Center is a marker commemorating the heroism of Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan soldier.
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