TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
 
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Matagorda County TX
Matagorda County

Texas Towns
A - Z
Hotels

COLLEGEPORT, TEXAS

Matagorda County, Texas Gulf Coast

28 43' 30.96" N, 96 10' 29.88" W (28.725267, -96.174966)

FM 1095
SW of Bay City the county seat
18 miles E of Palacios
50 miles E of Port Lavaca
on Tres Palacios Bay (see map)
Population: 85 (2000) 91 (1990)

Book Hotel Here › Port Lavaca Hotels
seagulls in Collegeport Tx
A former pier at Collegeport
TE Photo, 2001

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.

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.
Silos and palm tree in Texas gulf coast
Palm tree and silos
TE photo, 2001
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.

See
Collegeport Vintage Photos
Collegeport Cemetery › next page
Collegeport, TX - Cattle in the Texas gulf coast
The cows don't get to see many people in Collegeport
TE Photo, 2001
Union soldier's grave in Collegeport Cemetery
A Union Soldier's Grave
Collegeport Cemetery

Collegeport Vintage Photos

Collegeport Texas depot
The depot that once stood in Collegeport
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Subject: Collegeport Photos
"Two photos of my grandmother's brother who worked for the railroad around the turn of the century. I'm not sure the second photo is Collegeport. Several of the brothers worked for the railroad and were from Coleman County (Camp Colorado) area." - Dennis McDonald, May 04, 2007
Collegeport TX - passengers and locomotive crew, old photo
Passengers and locomotive crew at Collegeport
Photo courtesy Dennis McDonald
Texas old photo - Railroad  Express Agent
Express Agent
Photo courtesy Dennis McDonald
More
Texas Vintage Photos »
Texas Railroads »

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
typical gulf coast house
A typical Gulf Coast house c. 1900
TE Photo, 2001

See Collegeport Cemetery
Matagorda TX 1920s map
Matagorda County 1920s map showing Collegeport
on Tres Palacios Bay

From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Take a road trip

Collegeport, Texas Nearby Towns:
Bay City the county seat
Palacios | Port Lavaca
See Matagorda County | Texas Gulf Coast

Book Hotel Here:
Bay City Hotels | Port Lavaca Hotels | More Hotels
Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Cotton Gins
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Cotton
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved