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COLLEGEPORT, TEXAS

Matagorda County
Texas Gulf Coast
FM 1095
18 miles E of Palacios
50 miles E of Port Lavaca

Population: 91

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Palm tree and silos
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History in a Pecan Shell

There really was a college here - although it was the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts - a school that doesn't have a big alumni association. The college was established by the Hurd Ranch Company that was selling land in the area.

The town got a post office in 1909 and became a stop on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway in 1911.
Collegeport Texas depot
The depot that once stood in Collegeport
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The population was about 450 people around 1914. In 1924, a severe ice storm killed most of the cattle in the area. The population was about 200 in 1936. The school consolidations of the late 40s combined Collegeport's schools with the Palacios ISD. In the mid-60s the population had dropped to around 100, and it now is estimated at less than that.
seagulls in Collegeport Tx
A former pier at Collegeport
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cattle in the Texas gulf coast
The cows don't get to see many people in Collegeport
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Collegeport Today

Collegeport now has the appearance of a ghost town. Some houses give the appearance of having been used in the past as summer homes, but it's unlikely that they're performing that function today. The largest home in the area is surrounded by a large chain-link fence and another appears to have had it's own small private golf course.

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Collegeport Cemetery view
Collegeport Cemetery overlooking the bay
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Collegeport Texas architecture
The largest house in Collegeport
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typical gulf coast house
A typical Gulf Coast house c. 1900
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Collegeport Texas Forum
Your section on Collegeport shows a large 2-1/2 story white house with a red roof as an example of a circa 1900 home in Collegeport. A couple of weeks ago, three teenage boys from Palacios were severely burned in a fire which burned the entire house down in the early morning hours, and one boy died this past week. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.- Lynette Randall, August 18, 2003

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