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BLESSING, TEXAS

Matagorda County, Texas Gulf Coast

28° 52' 17" N, 96° 13' 15" W (28.871389, -96.220833)
Highway 35 and FM 616
29 Miles W of Bay City the county seat
24 miles S of El Campo
44 miles NE of Port Lavaca
60 miles E of Victoria
Population: 957 est. (2017) 861 (2000)

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Blessing TX - Jimmy and his Oxen, pstmrk1910
Jimmy and his Oxen - Postmarked 1910
Courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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History in a Seashell

Blessing was established on property belonging to Jonathan Edwards Pierce. Pierce gave the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad a right-of-way but no one had yet named the town. Pierce was so relieved to get a town to ship his cattle that he had suggested the name "Thank God," but postal authorities considered that somewhat blasphemous. Blessing was suggested and the postal authorities gave theirs. The post office opened in 1903.

Between 1903 and 1905 a library building was attached to the train station. In 1905 the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway also built through Blessing. D. A. Wheeler's hotel soon followed.

On September 1, 1907, residents platted the townsite, and the townsite company made provisions for school and church sites. In 1909 P. Ansley established a local newspaper. By 1914 Blessing had 500 inhabitants, two churches, a bank, a hotel, a telephone connection, and a weekly newspaper, the Blessing News.

In 1925 Blessing's population was still recorded at 500. In 1931 the town had a population of 450 and twenty-two businesses.

During the 1937-38 school year, nine teachers instructed 251 white students in eleven grades, and two teachers instructed thirty-eight black students in seven grades. By 1949 the Blessing district had been consolidated with the Tidehaven Independent School District.

In 1945 Blessing's population had risen to 600, served by thirteen businesses. Though in 1966 the population was reported as 1,250; in 1968 it had dropped to 405.

Blessing People

Mrs. A.P. Borden
  • Mrs. A.P. Borden
    “We come here for a few months every year because the old place reminds me of my husband and the old days when I was a young woman and all the land around here was Pierce and Borden property...” more
  • Blessing Hotel Blessing Texas
    Hotel Blessing
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
    Blessing TX Blessing Hotel Pstmrk1912
    Hotel Blessing - Postmarked 1912
    Courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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    Blessing TX Postcards:

    One is of the old Hotel Blessing. It looks like it hasn't changed a bit structurely in 100 years! A salesman came by today and told me of a great place to eat in Blessing Texas and the old Hotel was the place. He said they had some of the best "Home Style Cooked" lunches he's ever had. I'd heard years ago they served great lunches. - William Beauchamp, August 2009

    Old Hawley Cemetery
    On Hwy 71, about 3 miles NE of Blessing

    Old Hawley Cemetery Shanghai Pierce statue and monument for his wife, Hawley Texas
    Right - Jonathan Edwards Pierce marker
    Left - Statue of his brother Shanghai Pierce.

    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2003

    Matagorda County TX 1920s Map
    Matagorda County 1920s Map showing Blessing W of Bay City
    near Jackson County line

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Blessing, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Bay City the county seat
    Port Lavaca | El Campo | Victoria
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