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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Matagorda, Texas

Clickable Map of Matagorda County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Matagorda County, TX (77) Brazoria County, TX (124) Calhoun County, TX (21) Jackson County, TX (13) Wharton County, TX (26)  MatagordaCounty(77) Matagorda County (77)  BrazoriaCounty(124) Brazoria County (124)  CalhounCounty(21) Calhoun County (21)  JacksonCounty(13) Jackson County (13)  WhartonCounty(26) Wharton County (26)
Location of Matagorda, Texas
    Matagorda County (77)
    Brazoria County (124)
    Calhoun County (21)
    Jackson County (13)
    Wharton County (26)
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1Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 99 — Albert Clinton Horton — (1798-1865)
Georgia native Albert Clinton Horton came to Texas in 1834 from Alabama, where he had served in the state legislature. He established a plantation along Caney Creek in present Wharton County. In 1835, he returned to Alabama to recruit volunteers . . . Map (db m158655) HM
2Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — Battle Island
Here in 1826, a Company of volunteers commanded by Captain Aylett C. Buckner almost exterminated a band of Karankawa Indians who had murdered several families on Lower Caney Erected by the State of TexasMap (db m158690) HM
3Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 839 — Christ Church — On a site approximately 400 yards east stood
First Episcopal Church in Texas • Organized January 27, 1839 • The Rev. Caleb S. Ives, Rector • Building consecrated February 25, 1844 by the Rt. Rev. Leonides Polk, D. D., Bishop of Louisiana • Diocese of Texas established January 1, 1849 • . . . Map (db m158768) HM
4Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 840 — Christ Episcopal Church
This parish, the oldest Episcopal Church in Texas, traces its history to 1838. The year the Rev. Caleb S. Ives was appointed Missionary to the Republic of Texas. The first service was held on Christmas Day, and the Congregation was formally . . . Map (db m158772) HM
5Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 889 — City of Matagorda
Projected site of a town in 1826 • Founded in 1829 with Stephen F. Austin, Elias R. Wightman, Hosea H. League and Ira Ingram as proprietors • Third largest town in Texas in 1834 • Incorporated January 28, 1839 • County Seat of Matagorda County, . . . Map (db m158766) HM
6Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — Commemorating Gulf High School — (1918 - 1938)
Built by Texas Gulf Sulphur Company Gulf, Texas, Located 5 miles East of this park. Soon after the school began, a much larger brick building was built. Students from Wadsworth and Matagorda came by bus to join the Gulf residents. The school . . . Map (db m158733) HM
7Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 1157 — Dale-Rugeley-Sisk Home — ca. 1830
Has withstood many hurricanes. A cultural, social, political center. Home of: A.C. Horton, 1st Lieutenant - Governor of Texas and Governor 7 months; Rev. Caleb Ives, 1st Rector of 1st Episcopal Church in Texas; W. L. Sartwell, partner in Ives - . . . Map (db m158794) HM
8Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 1262 — Dr. Albert Moses Levy — (c.1800 - 1848)
Dutch immigrant Albert Moses Levy came to the United States in 1818. After graduation from Medical School in 1882, he practiced medicine in Richmond, Virginia, until about 1835, when he left for New Orleans. In the service of the New Orleans . . . Map (db m158681) HM
9Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 1357 — Early Texas Freighting
Industry that moved goods to build, sustain distant settlements in 18th-19th century Texas. Teamsters defied Indians, Bandits, and Texas weather to supply outlying forts and inland towns, which suffered if imports from the Gulf Coast, U. S. or . . . Map (db m158738) HM
10Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 1693 — First Burials in Matagorda Cemetery
Benjamin Wightman (Aug. 31, 1755 - Aug. 1, 1830) Esther Randall Wightman (Dec. 4, 1758 - June 20, 1880) Parents of Elias R. Wightman, Grantee of the Matagorda Town League, from Republic of Mexico. Benjamin and Esther Wightman, natives of . . . Map (db m158617) HM
11Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 1901 — Fisher-Sargent-Gottschalk House
Samuel Rhoads Fisher (1794 - 1839), early Texas colonist. Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and Secretary of the Republic of Texas Navy, had this house built for his family in 1832. His widow, Ann, continued to reside here until . . . Map (db m158729) HM
12Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — Frontier Building — (Old Meat Market)
The Market was built by Stewart Savage in the early 1900s. (It is known to have been built prior to 1915 because during that year a Mr. Ginetes was "laid out" in the building after going on a shooting spree and then taking his own life.) It was . . . Map (db m158755) HM
13Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — Graves of Unknown Matagorda Settlers
This mound, long thought to be a 19th century mass grave, was the subject of a study by the Center of Ecological Archaeology at Texas A&M University in the spring of 2001. Instead of a mass grave, it was found to contain six individual graves: a . . . Map (db m158606) HM
14Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — Hannah Carr — Born a Slave - Died Free
Hannah was a slave who lived in Matagorda in the 1800's. She was owned by the Hodges family. She was a devoted servant and excellent seamstress. She later worked for Lilly Bruce Culver. A memorial window in the present Methodist Church in Matagorda . . . Map (db m158685) HM
15Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 2649 — Ira Ingram
First Alcalde of Matagorda Municipality, 1834 • Member of the Congress of the Republic and First Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1836 • Pioneer Patron of Public Schools • • Born in Vermont August 18, 1788 Died September 22, 1837 . . . Map (db m158670) HM
16Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 3192 — Major George Morse Collinsworth
Commander of the Texans at the capture of Goliad, October 9, 1835 • Born in Mississippi • Died April 18, 1866 Erected by the State of Texas 1936Map (db m158674) HM
17Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 3250 — Matagorda Cemetery
One of earliest cemeteries in Texas. Founded soon after town was settled, about 1829, as part of Stephen F. Austin's colony. Marked graves numbered 650 in 1969, but interments exceed 1,000. Inscriptions on stones chronicle frontier hardships. . . . Map (db m158608) HM
18Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — Matagorda Cemetery
Intersection of Texas Highway 60 at Matagorda County Roads 259 & 260 Built in 1830 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m158609) HM
19Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 3252 — Matagorda Lodge No. 7, A.F. & A.M.
One of the oldest Masonic Lodges in Texas. This lodge traces its history to the Republic of Texas. A group of Masons met together on June 24, 1838, and petitioned the newly created Grand Lodge of Texas for a charter to form a Lodge here. Matagorda . . . Map (db m158784) HM
20Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 3253 — Matagorda Methodist Church
One of the earliest Methodist churches in Texas. Founded Jan. 6, 1839, by the Rev. Jesse Hord, a circuit rider who recorded that he came through "black mud, a pouring down rain and a howling norther" to hold services in Matagorda. When he preached . . . Map (db m158724) HM
21Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 14243 — Old Matagorda Post Office
This structure was built prior to 1872 on a town lot purchased by Cyrus R. Sharp in 1837 located several blocks east of this site. Constructed of hand-cut lumber and held together with wooden pegs, the building housed only a general store before . . . Map (db m158745) HM
22Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 3763 — Old Matagorda Post Office
Built with square nails, hand-cut lumber, before 1850. Originally John Clauder's store. Has coast storm water marks half way to ceiling. U.S post office 1889 - 1964 with Amos Duffy, Postmaster 22 years, owning building. Recorded Texas . . . Map (db m158748) HM
23Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 4262 — Richard Royster Royall
Temporary Chairman of the Consultation, 1835 Member of the General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas 1835 - 1836 Born in Virginia June 1, 1798 Died May 28, 1840 Erected by the State of Texas 1936Map (db m158673) HM
24Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 4399 — S. Rhoads Fisher — Grave of Republic of Texas Secretary of the Navy — (1794 - 1839) —
Statesman-businessman who contributed talent and time to establish and maintain Texas Independence. A quaker; born in Pennsylvania. Moved to Texas 1830. Set up mercantile house and shipping business in Matagorda. Struggled against anti-Texas . . . Map (db m158646) HM
25Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — School House
This is the original School House established for the negro children of Matagorda. 1904-1953Map (db m158762) HM
26Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 4644 — Seth Ingram
Sergeant 11th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, War of 1812 • One of Austin's surveyors • Laid out the town of San Felipe • Born in Vermont June 19, 1790 • Died May 12, 1857 Erected by the State of Texas 1936Map (db m158672) HM
27Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 4710 — Sinclair David Gervais — (1779 - 1838)
A native of South Carolina, Sinclair David Gervais was a soldier in the War of 1812. He and his wife Katharine were the parents of four children. Following her death, Gervais and two of his daughters came to Texas in 1835. He was appointed the . . . Map (db m158680) HM
28Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 4771 — Site of Dream Colony of Jane McManus
Prospective Colonial leader who in 1832 hoped to settle thrifty Europeans on a Mexican Grant, which she never received. Mrs. McManus, daughter of a U.S. Congressman from New York, was a family friend of Stephen F. Austin "Father of Texas". . . . Map (db m158737) HM
29Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 5317 — The Culver Home
Built in the 1890's for owner George B. Culver. Roy Shoultz, Architect. Colonial styling, with two large galleries and cupola. House built of Louisiana Pine and Cypress. Tile for fireplace brought from England. Distinguished visitors have included . . . Map (db m158773) HM
30Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 18122 — The Matagorda Incident
Late in 1863, during the Civil War, Union forces stormed much of the Texas coast in an effort to block the flow of goods and supplies going through coastal ports. One of the most important port openings was in Matagorda Bay where the Gulf of . . . Map (db m158597) HM
31Texas (Matagorda County), Matagorda — 18121 — The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862
One of the most important port cities of Texas’ early history, Matagorda served as an exit point for goods such as cotton shipped down the Colorado River. During the Civil War, it was also an important point for Confederate blockade runners to . . . Map (db m158607) HM
May. 8, 2021