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Bay City in Matagorda County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bay City Post Office

 
 
Bay City Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, July 28, 2016
1. Bay City Post Office Marker
Inscription. An election in the fall of 1894 resulted in the relocation of the Matagorda county seat from the city of Matagorda to Bay Prairie (now Bay City). D.P. Moore, the postmaster at the nearby small town of Elliott, owned property in the new town and moved his dry goods store to Bay City in 1894. His nephew, Joseph D. Moore, became Bay City's first postmaster. In 1912 D.P. Moore sold his property to the United States government for a new post office building.

Contractor W.B. Lovell broke ground for the post office in 1917 and the building opened to the public on May 15, 1918. An addition built in 1958 provided extra working space and a loading dock at the rear of the structure. This building continued to serve the Bay City community as a post office until 1989. During that time it also served as a town meeting place, the site of the Selective Service Board during World War II, a Civil Defense fallout shelter, and a place of refuge from storms and hurricanes.

On October 30, 1990, after several months of negotiations with the United States Postal Service, the Matagorda County Museum Association purchased the building to house the Matagorda County Museum.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commisision. (Marker Number 339.)
 
Location.
Location of Bay City Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker
2. Location of Bay City Post Office Marker
28° 58.971′ N, 95° 58.214′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Texas, in Matagorda County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street (State Highway 35) and Avenue F (State Highway 60), on the right when traveling east on 7th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 Avenue F, Bay City TX 77414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Matagorda C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliott's Ferry (approx. 1.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Matagorda County Museum. (Submitted on August 1, 2016.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 1, 2016.
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