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MATAGORDA COUNTY, TEXAS

28 46' 48" N, 96 0' 0" W (28.78, -96)
Populations: 37,187 Est. (2016) 36,702 (2010)
Total area: 1,613 square miles (4,180 km2)
1,100 square miles (2,800 km2) land
512 square miles (1,330 km2) water
(including Matagorda Bay. See maps below)

Matagorda County Topics

  • History
  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Matagorda County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Brazoria County (NE) Calhoun County (SW) Jackson County (W) Wharton County (NW)

    Matagorda County History

    1936 Centennial Monument:

    MATAGORDA COUNTY

    Early home of the Karankawa Indians. Landing place of LaSalle in 1685. Settled 1822-1836 by colonists of Stephen F. Austin.
    The municipality of Matagorda organized under the Mexican Government on March 6, 1834.
    Became on March 17, 1836, Matagorda County, which was organized in July 1837.
    Matagorda, was the county seat, 1837-1894,
    Bay City since 1894.

    In Memory Of
    James Cummins, Hosea H. League, Elias R. Weightman, Seth Ingram, Horatio Chriesman, William Selkirk, early settlers. Mary S. Wrightman Helms, the first woman teacher in Texas. Ira Ingram, Silas Densmore, members of the Convention of 1832. R.R. Royals, Ira L. Lewis, Charles Wilson, Delegates to the Consultation. Bailey Hardeman, Samuel Rhodes Fisher, signers of the Declaration of Independence. George M. Collingsworth and the men who served under him during thr struggle for Texas Independence. A.C. Horton, Lieutenant Govenor of Texas. The citizens of early Matagorda County who contributed to the economic, cultural, and spiritual development. Matagorda County has contributed to the development of Texas culture. The pioneer woman teacher Mary S. Wrightman Helms,1829; an early newspaper The Matagorda Bulletin, 1837; First Episcopal Church, 1839; first request for promotion of free school, that of Ira Ingram, 1837.
    Erected by the State of Texas 1936


    1936 Centennial Marker:

    MATAGORDA COUNTY

    Organized March 6, 1834, into the Mexican municipality of Matagorda created a county of the same name in 1836, organized in 1837.
    Named for the Bay on which it fronts.
    County seat, Matagorda 1837-1894
    Bay City, since.


    Matagorda County Courthouse
    TX - Matagorda County Courthouse
    Matagorda County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Matagorda County City & Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Bay City
    Book Hotel Here - Bay City Hotels
  • Ashby
  • Bay City County seat
  • Blessing
  • Buckeye
  • Cedar Lake
  • Cedar Lane
  • Clemville
  • Collegeport
  • Cortes ghost town
  • Deming's Bridge ghost town
  • El Maton
  • Gulf ghost town
  • Hawkinsville
  • Hawley ghost town
  • Manhattan ghost town
  • Markham
  • Matagorda First county seat
  • Midfield
  • Palacios
  • Podo ghost town
  • Sargent
  • Simpsonville
  • St. Francisville ghost town
  • Wadsworth

  • Matagorda County Vintage Maps
    Matagorda County TX 1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Matagorda County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Matagorda County TX 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Matagorda County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Matagorda County TX 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Matagorda County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Matagorda County TX - County Marker
    Matagorda County Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
    Matagorda County TX - County Marker
    Matagorda County Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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    Matagorda County TX - County Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
    Matagorda County TX - County Marker
    Matagorda County Texas Centennial Monument
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
    Matagorda County TX - County Marker
    Matagorda County Texas Centennial Monument
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
    Matagorda County TX - County Marker
    Matagorda County Texas Centennial Monument
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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