This ghost town on Matagorda Bay has a historical marker and a 22-foot-tall pink granite statue of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle. The French explorer was the first to leave a boot print on the sands of Indianola more than 300 years ago. In the 1840s German colonists landed here. An army depot here supplied all Texas frontier forts in the 1850s. And in 1875, a hurricane wreaked havoc, killing 300 residents and destroying three-fourths of the city. Residents rebuilt, but another storm devastated the city 11 years later. The county seat moved to Port Lavaca. Today, the tide laps at a few stones of the courthouse foundation.
South of Port Lavaca, adjacent to a highway rest area on Texas 316.