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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bay City, 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 (108) Brazoria County, TX (176) Calhoun County, TX (85) Jackson County, TX (14) Wharton County, TX (50)  MatagordaCounty(108) Matagorda County (108)  BrazoriaCounty(176) Brazoria County (176)  CalhounCounty(85) Calhoun County (85)  JacksonCounty(14) Jackson County (14)  WhartonCounty(50) Wharton County (50)
Bay City is the county seat for Matagorda County
Bay City is in Matagorda County
      Matagorda County (108)  
      Brazoria County (176)  
      Calhoun County (85)  
      Jackson County (14)  
      Wharton County (50)  
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1Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — "Bandstand" The Gazebo — 1907 — Historic Landmark —
. . . Map (db m193863) HM
2Texas, 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
3Texas, 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
4Texas, 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
5Texas, 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
6Texas, 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
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7Texas, 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
8Texas, 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
9Texas, 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
10Texas, 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
11Texas, 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
12Texas, 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
13Texas, 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
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14Texas, 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
15Texas, 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
16Texas, 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
17Texas, 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
18Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 17111 — Hawley Cemetery
Established 1854 Historic Texas Cemetery - 201 Marker is property of the State of TexasMap (db m173209) HM
19Texas, 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
20Texas, 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
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21Texas, 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
22Texas, 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
23Texas, 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
24Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — 3251 — Matagorda County
. . . Map (db m117470) HM
25Texas, 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
26Texas, Matagorda County, Bay City — Matagorda Pharmacy Building — 1907 — Historic Landmark —
. . . Map (db m195182) HM
27Texas, 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
28Texas, 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
29Texas, 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
30Texas, 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
31Texas, 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
32Texas, 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
33Texas, 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
34Texas, 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
35Texas, 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
36Texas, 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
37Texas, 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
38Texas, 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
39Texas, 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
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Jan. 28, 2023