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    MARKHAM, TEXAS

    Matagorda County, Texas Gulf Coast
    FM 1468 and FM 2431
    About 6 Miles NW of Bay City
    About 32 Miles S of Wharton
    Population: 1,138 (2000)

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    Markham TX - Oil Rig
    Oil Well Pumping Rig
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2012

    History in a Pecan Shell

    First named Cortes, Texas, the community has a post office under that name briefly (1901-03). In 1903 the post office was renamed to honor an engineer for the Southern Pacific railroad.

    By 1914 Markham had a respectable population of 500 residents and was a stop on the Texas and New Orleans railroad. By the mid 1920s, the population shed 100 residence, bringing it down to 400.

    Markham formed its own independent school district by the mid 1930s and had about a dozen businesses in operation. During WWII the population had grown to 700 which dropped to 300 for the 1950 census.

    1965 reported growth to 750 but by 1970 it had dropped again to just over 600.

    The 1990 census had increased to 1,206 and by 2000 it was ten businesses. The population was 1,138 for the year 2000.

    Oil Well Pumping Rig

    A plaque on the rig had the following information:
    "J.S. Abercrombie Mineral Company
    Oil Well Pumping Rig

    In 1920, near Clemville, Texas, J.S. Abercrombie Mineral Company put this pumping rig into operation on a new oil well at a location west of Little Tres-Palacios Creek and south of the present El Dorado Road. In 1927 the well went dry, and the pumping rig was not used again.

    In 1980 J.G. "Pappy" Stone donated this example of an early oil well pumping rig to A.W. "Al" Hurta, Matagorda County Commissioner precinct No. 4. The same year it was moved to this location and restored as a reminder of the county's oil production in the early years of this* century."

    *"The twentieth century, of course." -
    Terry Jeanson, September 2012
    Markham TX - Old Bank Building
    Old Bank Building in Markham
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2012
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    Markham TX - First Baptist Church
    Markham First Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2012
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    Matagorda County TX 1920s Map
    Matagorda County 1920s Map showing Markham
    (Above "T" in "MATAGORDA")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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