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    CORTES, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Matagorda County, Texas Gulf Coast
    Just West of Bay City
    The exact location is said to be about one mile N of Highway 35
    Population: 0

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    This lost town was between Markham and the Colorado River was alongside the tracks of the railroad.

    The history of Cortes is linked to that of Markham. The Cortez post office was moved to Markham in 1903 and renamed in 1903. Both towns appear on the 1920 map (above).

    The namesake was H. W. Cortes, who, as president of the Moore-Cortes Canal Company had his headquarters here.

    Cortes peaked around 1903 with the depot, post office and a hotel making up most of the communities business district.

    By the 1930s, Cortes was dropped from the state highway map.
    Matagorda County TX 1920s Map
    Matagorda County 1920s Map showing Cortes
    (Above in "MATAGORDA")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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