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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Matagorda County, 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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Matagorda County, TX (109) Brazoria County, TX (173) Calhoun County, TX (85) Jackson County, TX (14) Wharton County, TX (50)  MatagordaCounty(109) Matagorda County (109)  BrazoriaCounty(173) Brazoria County (173)  CalhounCounty(85) Calhoun County (85)  JacksonCounty(14) Jackson County (14)  WhartonCounty(50) Wharton County (50)
Bay City is the county seat for Matagorda County
Adjacent to Matagorda County, Texas
      Brazoria County (173)  
      Calhoun County (85)  
      Jackson County (14)  
      Wharton County (50)  
 
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1 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — "Bandstand" The Gazebo — 1907 — Historic Landmark —
. . . Map (db m193863) HM
2 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Austin Building — 1908 — Historic Landmark —
Austin Building W.E. Austin & Family, Owners 1908-1960 Charles and Beverly Runyan, Owners Gift Shop 1996-present Historic Use: The Alcove 1909-1939 Neuman's Dry Goods 1940-1984 Designated as a Landmark Building April 20, . . . Map (db m195201) HM
3 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Bachman Grocery — 1936 — Historic Landmark —
Bachman Grocery 1936-1978 Jim Frankson & Mike Griffith Professional Building 1996-present Designated as a Landmark Building April 20, 1998Map (db m193873) HM
4 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 295 — Bandstand
Built by subscribed funds, about 1907. Stage for city's patriotic political rallies, entertainments, concerts by city band, made up of music lovers of all ages, talents. Once on southeast, then southwest corner of court square. Moved here in 1963. . . . Map (db m191960) HM
5 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 337 — Bay City Library
Organized in 1912, the Bay City Public Library was first housed in the J. P. Keller Insurance Company office. The non-profit Bay City Library Association, also formed in 1912, spearheaded community fund raising efforts to operate the library. Land . . . Map (db m120755) HM
6 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 338 — Bay City Methodist Church
The origins of this congregation date to 1870, when circuit-riding ministers visited people living along the Colorado River at Red Bluff. Norman Savage (1826-1879), church elder, served the small congregation, and the first minister was Thomas W. . . . Map (db m191961) HM
7 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 339 — Bay City Post Office
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 . . . Map (db m96314) HM
8 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 12050 — Bay City U.S.O. Building
Erected in 1941 on land loaned by the Pierce Estate to serve both local citizens and World War II military personnel at Camp Hulen in nearby Palacios, this is one of 16 United Service Organization (U.S.O.) facilities built that year in Texas, . . . Map (db m191959) HM
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9 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 388 — Bethel Baptist Church
Lacking church facilities in their "North-End" African American neighborhood, Harris and Maria Anderson began to hold lay services in their home about 1904. They built a brush arbor and in 1905 organized the Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe . . . Map (db m191987) HM
10 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Brunner Building — 1907 — Historic Landmark —
Brunner Building Owners: Mae Brunner & Heirs Melvin & Deborah Pennington Present Owner Historic Use: Doubec & Hawkins 1907-1915 Sisk Hardware & Grocery 1916-1955 Beall's Department Store 1955-1967 Brady's Floral Shop . . . Map (db m195237) HM
11 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 774 — Cedarvale Cemetery
The Cedarvale Cemetery traces its history to 1896, when Rufus A. Mathis was killed in a hunting accident and buried on land owned by D.P. Moore. At the time of his death, Mathis and other community leaders were in the process of establishing a . . . Map (db m191945) HM
12 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 17152 — Dr. Henry Hofmann Loos
Henry Hofmann Loos (1887-1963) graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1908 with a B.A. in the summer of 1911, Dr. Loos interned at the government hospital in Colon, Panama Canal Zone. He graduated with an M.D. in 1912 and interned for three and . . . Map (db m191985) HM
13 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 1372 — Eastview Cemetery
This cemetery traces its origin to 1907, when 1.8 acres of land were purchased from D.P. Moore. The first recorded burial was that of Henry Abram in 1912. Known earlier as "The burying ground for Negroes," "Cedarvale Eastside," and "The Old . . . Map (db m191946) HM
14 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 1461 — Elliott's Ferry
During the early days of Anglo-American colonization in Texas, the Matagorda Bay Prairie area was an important route for people traveling between settlements. A convenient river crossing was a necessity, and a ferry was established on the Thomas . . . Map (db m89332) HM
15 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 1614 — First Baptist Church of Bay City
Members of Trespalacios Baptist Church, a Matagorda County congregation established in the early 1850s, organized a Baptist church in the nearby community of Red Bluff in 1889. In 1895 they moved the church to the new county seat of Bay City, . . . Map (db m191965) HM
16 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 12504 — First Christian Church of Bay City
In 1894, the Bay City Town Company established the town of Bay City on Bay Prairie between the Colorado River and Caney Creek. As families moved to the new townsite, religious institutions, businesses and schools were established to serve the . . . Map (db m191947) HM
17 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 1828 — First Presbyterian Church of Bay City
Within a year of becoming one of Bay City's original settlers in 1894, Alexander D. Hensley organized an interdenominational Sabbath school with the help of Gilford M. Magill. Early religious services were held in the county courthouse and in a . . . Map (db m191962) HM
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18 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 17111 — Hawley Cemetery
Established 1854 Historic Texas Cemetery - 201 Marker is property of the State of TexasMap (db m173209) HM
19 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 13452 — Holy Cross Catholic Church
In May 1847, the Catholic Church established a new frontier diocese in Galveston. During the next several years, many Polish Catholic immigrants moved to Matagorda County, and priests from nearby towns visited their small community, known as St. . . . Map (db m191948) HM
20 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 1868 — Ira Ingram — First Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives — (1788-1837) —
(front side) Born in Vermont. Came to Texas in 1824. Worked to establish the Republic. Represented Matagorda in the First Congress of the Republic where he served as speaker, Oct. 1836 to April 1837. At his death in Sept. 1837 left . . . Map (db m117462) HM
21 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Le Tulle Building (Commercial Style) — 1937 — Historic Landmark —
Le Tulle Building (Commercial Style) Historic Use: First United Methodist Church Church School and Fellowship Hall 1937-2001 Made Possible by the Generous Gift Louis and Hattie C. Le Tulle 1937
Designated as a Landmark . . . Map (db m193869) HM
22 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Lewis Building — 1940 — Historic Landmark —
Lewis Building J.C. Lewis, Owner Housed Five Governmental Agencies V.W.H. Enterprize Owners 1983-present Designated as a Landmark Building October 5, 1998Map (db m195181) HM
23 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 18864 — Matagorda County
Early home of the Karankawa Indians. Landing place of LaSalle in 1685. Settled 1822-1836 by colonists of Stephen F. Austin. The municipality of Matagorda organized under the Mexican Government on March 6, 1834. Became on March 17, 1836, Matagorda . . . Map (db m120752) HM
24 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 3251 — Matagorda County
. . . Map (db m117470) HM
25 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 15467 — Matagorda County Confederate Memorial
1861-1865 To the memory of our Confederate Soldiers. "Lest We Forget."Map (db m120757) WM
26 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Matagorda Pharmacy Building — 1907 — Historic Landmark —
. . . Map (db m195182) HM
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27 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 3254 — Matagorda, C.S.A.
Near the mouth of the Colorado River, 20 miles to the south, is the town of Matagorda, the second most important port of entry in early Texas. In the Civil War, center for rich farmlands and one of 8 Texas ports that blockade runners used for . . . Map (db m120750) HM
28 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — McLendon Building — 1909 — Historic Landmark —
McLendon Building P.A. McLendon, Owner Historic Use; Klein's Dry Good Store Guess 5&10 Cent Store 1935-1956 Hines Youth Shop 1982-1995 Claude & Hildred Hines, Owners 1981 Present Designated as a Landmark Building April . . . Map (db m195186) HM
29 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 3481 — Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church
The Rev. Basil Tolson, an African American farmer in eastern Matagorda County, joined with his neighbors in 1887 to form a Baptist congregation which they named Mount Zion Baptist Church. Tolson was elected pastor, and served the congregation until . . . Map (db m191984) HM
30 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 3689 — Old Bay City Bank
Established 1898, four years after founding of Bay City. Private bank. Owners: Henry Rugeley, Frank Hawkins. This building erected 1903, site of many investment transactions important to Texas Gulf Coast development. Recorded Texas . . . Map (db m120754) HM
31 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Original City Hall Building — 1927 — Historic Landmark —
Original City Hall Building City Hall and Fire Station 1927-1963 Matagorda County Museum 1965-1992 Municipal Court 1997- Restoration/Renovation by: Bay City Community Development Corp. Bay City Gas Company City of Bay . . . Map (db m193870) HM
32 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 16698 — Philip H. Parker VFW Post No. 2438
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), founded in 1899, traces its roots to military veterans securing rights and benefits for their service. Following an initial Jul. 21, 1940 meeting at the old bandstand on the courthouse square, . . . Map (db m191943) HM
33 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Secrest Jewelry Co. — 1914 — Historic Landmark —
Secrest Jewelry Co. Owners: Joe Mangum & Heirs 1914-1951 Bracken Family 1951-1972 Scott & Anne Richardson 1972-1997 Gayla Sykes & Pam Richardson 1997-2000 Historic Use: Dixie Theater 1914-1915 Secrest Jewelry Co. 1916-2000 . . . Map (db m195190) HM
34 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 4773 — Site of Early Bay City School
In 1901 this land was a pastoral scene of trees and a strawberry field outside the city limits. That year the Bay City Independent School District purchased most of this block for $300. A two-story, eight-room frame school was erected here, and . . . Map (db m191956) HM
35 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 12731 — Site of Hilliard High School
The Bay City African American community established a school in the 1890s, and A.A. Deleon served as its first teacher. Three others, A.G. Hilliard, A.P. Allen and J.J. Grundy, began shortly after the school opened. By 1904, the school's enrollment . . . Map (db m206315) HM
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36 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 5057 — St. Mark's Episcopal Church
This congregation traces its roots to Christ Church, Matagorda, from which parish many of its early members had come following the relocation of the Matagorda County seat to Bay City in 1894. Formally organized in 1895 under the leadership of the . . . Map (db m191964) HM
37 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Sugar Cane Mill
Sugar cane mills were used to make syrup from the sweet sorghum cane that grew extensively along Caney Creek in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Once the cane was stripped, topped, and cut, it was hand-fed into one side of the mill. A . . . Map (db m118408) HM
38 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Tribune Building — 1915 — Historic Landmark —
Tribune Building Builders: Frank Hawkins & Carey Smith, Sr. Historic Use: Tribune Printing Company Bay City Daily Tribune 1915-1969 V&M Printing 1969-1987 Cox Printing 1987-2005 Dr. & Mrs. Victa J. Edwards 2014 - . . . Map (db m193875) HM
39 Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Wells Fargo Express — 1910 — Historic Landmark —
Wells Fargo Express 1910-1925 Teet's Jewelry 1925-1980 Bailey Mercantile Sue N. & R.G. (Jerry) Bailey, Owners 1996-present Designated as a Landmark Building April 20, 1998Map (db m195231) HM
40 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 13257 — Blessing Library Association
In the first years of the 20th century, Jonathan Pierce filed a deed with the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad (Southern Pacific) to lay out a town along the rail line at the junction of two major roads. He named the community . . . Map (db m118424) HM
41 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 12054 — Blessing State Bank
Built during the boom of 1907, the Blessing State Bank is one of the few remaining commercial buildings from this period. Possibly designed by Victoria Architect Jules Leffland, designer of the Blessing Hotel, the bank operated until 1932. . . . Map (db m168631) HM
42 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 1203 — Deming’s Bridge Community
The Deming's Bridge community grew up around a wooden bridge built over the Tres Palacios River at this site in 1857 for Edward A. Deming, owner of land along the west side of the stream. The crossing provided by Deming's Bridge became a natural . . . Map (db m168618) HM
43 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 15652 — Grimes Cemetery
Cattleman Richard Grimes (1789-1858) established this family cemetery in 1856 when his infant grandson died. Grimes was born in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and from a young age he pursued a seafaring career. In 1837, Captain Grimes came to Texas in . . . Map (db m169090) HM
44 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 3243 — Masonic Lodge #411
Hall built 1875 at Deming's Bridge, near Pierce Ranch, by John Pierce and Masonic brothers. First floor used as Baptist church and community hall. Moved about 1903 when town of Blessing was founded. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - . . . Map (db m168624) HM
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45 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 3741 — Old Hawley Cemetery
Known 1838-1899 as Deming's Bridge Cemetery. Second post office in Matagorda County was located nearby in 1858. Two acres donated by Emelius Savage and his son Norman for the cemetery and Tres Palacios Baptist Church, founded 1852. More . . . Map (db m118415) HM
46 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 15337 — St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Though Catholic settlers initially arrived in this area in the 1800s, it was in 1912, just five years after the founding of Blessing, that a Mass was held in the community. At first, Mass was held in the homes of Blessing residents, whenever . . . Map (db m168640) HM
47 Texas, Matagorda County, Blessing — 17836 — William Walter “Pudge” Heffelfinger
”Pudge” Heffelfinger was born in 1867 in Minneapolis and began playing football at age 15. He organized a team at his High School and played four seasons at Yale on the Varsity team where, in 1890, he conceived the idea of the Pulling . . . Map (db m168609) HM
48 Texas, Matagorda County, Caney — 4750 — Site of Caney Post Office
Established about 1838 In its vicinity members of Austin's colony established pioneer sugar plantationsMap (db m214891) HM
49 Texas, Matagorda County, Clemville — 12554 — Clemville
Originally part of land granted to early colonist Henry Parker, this was a rural farming and ranching area until 1908 when F.J. Hardy discovered oil and formed the Hardy Oil Company. By 1911, F.J. Clemenger had settled in the community, then known . . . Map (db m120739) HM
50 Texas, Matagorda County, Collegeport — 946 — Collegeport
Jonathan Edward Pierce and Abel Brown Pierce hired land developer Burton D. Hurd to sell off 9,000 acres of their ranch lands in 1908. The agreement with Hurd called for the development of a town that would include a college and a port on . . . Map (db m169089) HM
51 Texas, Matagorda County, Collegeport — 12062 — First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport
The town of Collegeport, on Tres Palacios Bay in Matagorda County, was planned by the Burton D. Hurd Land Company as a promotional scheme for selling the lands of J.E. and A.B. Pierce. The company provided land for a townsite and the creation of . . . Map (db m169066) HM
52 Texas, Matagorda County, Collegeport — 15568 — Pilkington Slough Ranch
The Pilkington Slough Ranch, of the Collegeport Community, has been an area landmark for more than 100 years. The original owners of the bulk of this land were Daniel, Elias and Erastus Yeamans, three brothers who fought in the Texas War for . . . Map (db m169081) HM
53 Texas, Matagorda County, Markham — 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 present El Dorado Road. In 1927 the well went dry, and the pumping rig was not used again. In 1980 . . . Map (db m119460) HM
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54 Texas, 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
55 Texas, 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
56 Texas, 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
57 Texas, 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
58 Texas, 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
59 Texas, 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
60 Texas, 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
61 Texas, 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
62 Texas, 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
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63 Texas, Matagorda County, Matagorda — 1693 — First Burials in Matagorda Cemetery — Reported damaged
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
64 Texas, 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
65 Texas, 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
66 Texas, 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
67 Texas, 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
68 Texas, 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
69 Texas, 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
70 Texas, 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
71 Texas, 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
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72 Texas, 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
73 Texas, 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
74 Texas, 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
75 Texas, 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
76 Texas, 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
77 Texas, 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
78 Texas, Matagorda County, Matagorda — School House
This is the original School House established for the negro children of Matagorda. 1904-1953Map (db m158762) HM
79 Texas, 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
80 Texas, 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
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81 Texas, 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
82 Texas, 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
83 Texas, 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
84 Texas, 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
85 Texas, Matagorda County, Midfield — 13489 — Midfield Cemetery

The community of Midfield developed at a location equidistant from El Campo, Palacios, Bay City and Ganado. In 1904, the community's post office opened, and ten years later, the town was a stop on the Texas & New Orleans Railroad. By that time, . . . Map (db m168557) HM
86 Texas, Matagorda County, Midfield — 15588 — Midfield Methodist Church
In 1903, area Methodist worshiped at the Hawley Methodist Church. George Duffy, and W.K. and Alice Keller were congregation members and Midfield residents. They became charter members of a Methodist Church in Midfield in 1907, and the new . . . Map (db m168605) HM
87 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 12601 — Cates-Price House
John T. and Opal Cates Price arrived in Palacios in 1906 and were soon joined by Opal's parents, Reuben and Lula Cates. They purchased adjoining lots, and by 1910 Architect Winn Wood had designed companion homes for the two couples. The Prices . . . Map (db m169018) HM
88 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 13271 — First Baptist Church of Palacios
The Rev. William H. Travis formed a school and Missionary Baptist Church in Palacios in 1905. That year, the congregation became known as First Baptist Church. In 1906, the Texas Baptist Convention chose Palacios as the site for its Baptist . . . Map (db m169007) HM
89 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 12065 — First Presbyterian Church of Palacios
The First Presbyterian Church of Palacios was organized by the Rev. W.S. Red on June 30, 1907, in the local Methodist Church Pioneer Hall. Eighteen people joined the congregation that day, many of them active in the early growth of Palacios . . . Map (db m169013) HM
90 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 15579 — First United Methodist Church of Palacios
Matagorda County was organized in 1837, and two years later area residents established the Matagorda Methodist Church. Decades later, in 1903, a group of people met in a one-room schoolhouse and organized the First Methodist Church of Palacios. . . . Map (db m169014) HM
91 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 12741 — General John Augustus Hulen
Missourian John Augustus Hulen (1871-1957), citizen soldier and railroad executive, came to Texas with his family in the 1870s. He later attended Virginia's Staunton Military Academy and returned to Texas. He joined a militia unit and later served . . . Map (db m168846) HM
92 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — History of the Palacios Pavilion
In 1904 the Palacois City Townsite Company erected the first pavilion. Jules Leffland of Victoria was the architect, and the pavilion was constructed under the supervision of contractors Hatchett and White of Bay City. A roof covered the open air . . . Map (db m168999) HM
93 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — Kerry Duane Dale Memorial
Semper Fidelis In Memory of Kerry Duane Dale 1st Lt. U.S. Marine Corps. Jan. 22, 1962 - July 13, 1988 "...And put out my hand and touched the face of god"Map (db m177203) WM
94 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — Lions Pier
The reconstruction of the East Bay Pier as a result of Hurricane Harvey (2017) was made possible by a grant from the Lions Club International Foundation, Palacios Lions Club and all the Texas Lions. This pier will also be known as the "Lions Pier", . . . Map (db m186765) HM
95 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 3149 — Old Palacios Hotel
Built 1903, East Bay Front. Moved 1905 to present site. Enlarged. A resort for investors from north, buying orchards, land on coast. Had famed dining room, permanent orchestra. Has withstood many hurricanes, including 1961's "Carla". . . . Map (db m169086) HM
96 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 3912 — Palacios Cemetery
The primary burial ground for citizens of Palacios, this cemetery dates to the beginnings of the community. The death of Alice Singer in 1905, three years after the founding of Palacios, gave rise to the need for a community cemetery. The land, . . . Map (db m168652) HM
97 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 20071 — Palacios Colored School
Founded in the 1920s, the Palacios Colored School was the first African American School in the city. Because of Jim Crow laws which institutionalized segregation, African Americans attended separate schools from white students. After moving twice, . . . Map (db m169059) HM
98 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 3913 — Palacios Pavilions
In 1903 the Palacios townsite company arranged with the Southern Pacific Railroad to extend its line to the new city. The first train arrived on June 29, bringing prospective settlers from Midwestern states. The company began construction of a . . . Map (db m169049) HM
99 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — 3914 — Palacios Preparatory School
Opened in 1910, the Palacios Preparatory School was located at this site, behind the family home of its founder, Martha Pearl Dickson McGuire (1876-1962), and her family. Music instruction was given in upstairs rooms of the home. It was the first . . . Map (db m169005) HM
100 Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios — Palacios Veterans Memorial
. . . Map (db m168669) WM

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