Like many of the towns in San Patricio County, Gregory was established in 1887 as a company town by the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway and the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company. Its site was known then as the Corpus Christi Junction, where a spur of the railway broke southeast across Nueces Bay. In 1909, seeing the county’s great economic potential, President William Howard Taft made his famous extended visit, and with it came the opening of the Gregory Hotel, which became known as one of the finest hotels on the coast, and a popular stop-over place for travelers on as many as a dozen passenger trains that passed through the city daily. In subsequent years, the town’s population dwindled, but the economy picked up again in 1950 with the establishment of Reynolds Metal Company. The recent expansion of the La Quinta Ship Channel has made Gregory and San Patricio County one of the world’s best locations for industrial development, providing access to transportation of goods and materials by rail, road and sea. The city of Gregory is literally a hub for locations both domestic and abroad.
Founded as a company town more than a century ago, Gregory is once again welcoming new industry to their friendly community…and doing so at an unprecedented rate. Already home to some of the county’s major employers, Gregory is presently on the front end of an industrial boom like no other in the county’s history. In the last five years, foreign companies such as TPCO America and voestalpine Texas have made the decision to invest billions of dollars to open facilities in Gregory, driving improvements to the city’s infrastructure, city services and public education. Cheniere Energy, a Houston-based LNG company, has received property tax abatement and is expected to follow suit with a $13 billion liquid natural gas (LNG) facility. Gregory-Portland ISD in April 2014 celebrated a ribbon cutting for Stephen F. Austin Elementary, a new state-of-the-art elementary school. Cheniere is located on the La Quinta Channel. A second unit, called a train, that liquefies natural gas is now up and running.
The City of Gregory ranks 8th among 9 in population of communities in San Patricio County. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 1,907, approximately 2.8% of the county’s total population.
Gregory Government & Leadership
Gregory Mayor Celestino Zambrano
City Hall – (361) 643-6562