Calallen

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Calallen is a district in the US city of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is located in the northwest part of the city. It is located in Nueces County, in the Coastal Bend. It is bound to the north by the Nueces River, which also marks the boundary between Nueces County and San Patricio County. It is also commonly known as Five Points. Calallen has a population of 27,087. 12,998 residents are male, while 14,089 are women.

Calallen, on Interstate Highway 37 in extreme north central Nueces County, was once an independent town but is now part of Corpus Christi. It was named for Calvin Allen, who donated land for the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway. A nearby Nueces River dam is named Calallen Dam. The Calallen community received a post office in 1908 with Ira D. Magee as the first postmaster. The post office was discontinued sometime after 1960. In 1914 the town had 150 residents and nine businesses. Its population dwindled to twenty-five by 1925 but reached 100 in 1939; it was 270 by 1965. By 1966 Corpus Christi had annexed Calallen.

Calallen is home to a major intersection point between Interstate 37 and U.S. Highway 77. Southbound Interstate 37 leads approximately 15 miles (24 km) into downtown Corpus Christi, while southbound U.S. Highway 77 leads 28 miles (45 km) to Kingsville, and eventually, 148 miles (238 km) south to Brownsville, in the Rio Grande Valley. U.S. Highway 77 is one of the two U.S. highways, along with U.S. Highway 281 in Three Rivers, that provides direct access to the Rio Grande Valley from Interstate 37. Despite Calallen being part of the city of Corpus Christi, many northbound U.S Highway 77 vehicles seeking the main city body would've turned eastward at Texas State Highway 44 in Robstown, as this is a shorter and faster route compared to turning eastward at Interstate 37. Northbound U.S Highway 77 vehicles seeking Padre Island and Corpus Christi's southeast suburbs would also rather take FM 665 eastward at Driscoll.

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