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Matagorda County Texas


The municipality of Matagorda was created during the Mexican regime in 1834, and its territory comprised the southeast corner of the original Austin grants. The western portion was taken in December, 1835, to form the municipality of Jackson, and after the creation of Wharton County in 1846 the limits of Matagorda County were fixed in their present form. The municipality was organized as a county afterthe establishment of the Republic, and the Town of Matagorda, which was incorporated in 1837, became the county seat. A custom house had been established at Matagorda about 1831, and it seems to have been maintained throughout the troubled period leading to the Revolution, the collectionsof the port being the chief reliance of the Mexican garrisons at Goliad and San Antonio. Matagorda is at the mouth of the Colorado, thirty miles from Pass Cavallo, the entrance to Matagorda Bay, and while not so accessible a port as Galveston, Velasco and Lavaca, its importance increased with the settlement of the country behind it in the Colorado Valley.

The county seat is Bay City. 

Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 4.0


* Allenhurst  *  Buckeye  *  Blessing  *  Caney  *  Cedar Lake  *  Cedar Lane  * Collegeport  * Elmaton  *

*  Hawkinsville  * Markham  * Matagorda  * Midfield   * Palacios  *   Pledger * Sargent  * Wadsworth  * Van Vleck *


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May 2017: History: 1914 County History; County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Oct 2016: Military: Vietnam War Casualties
Jun 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Apr 2016: Website updated and now all pages are mobile friendly
Jan 2016: County Records: 1888 County Officers


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