Corpus Christi, the “Sparkling City” has had many nicknames through the years, and nearly all of them reference the beautiful view we have of the water. People from across the country found a year-around vacation spot with gorgeous views of Corpus Christi Bay in their visit to the “Naples of the Gulf.” When visitors sought a hotel on the waterfront to take in the view, the Nueces Hotel always made the shortlist.The Nueces Hotel gave guests a great view of the bay, because until the seawall was built in 1941, Water Street was the main drive for accessing the bayfront views. Today, we drive visitors down Ocean and Shoreline to take in the sights, but in those days, visitors to Corpus Christi relied on Water Street for the scenery. Before the land past Water Street was filled in for the seawall, Water Street hotels like the Nueces and Princess Louise (at Mann and Water Streets) sported prime waterfront property. The Princess Louise even had a pier right in front, just steps from the hotel for the enjoyment of its guests.The Nueces played an important cultural roll as a meeting place for businesspeople, who utilized its plush lobby for networking, and was where celebrities visiting town usually stayed (including Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller). Intended to draw in tourists, the hotel’s economic impact is undeniable. The hotel sheltered people from the 1919 Hurricane until eventually falling victim to damage from Hurricane Celia in 1970. For decades, this iconic Corpus Christi destination gave many thousands of people the chance to enjoy the beautiful views of Corpus Christi Bay from the convenience of their location right on Water Street.