Bell Bottom Information
 


BELL BOTTOM
By Ray Horton

The community of Bell Bottom, situated approximately three miles east of Cedar Lane, lies on the banks of Caney Creek.  Bell Bottom was names for A. C. Bell, who purchased a portion of the Cooper Morrison League in the late 1800ís for the purpose of development.

 

In 1905 two Negroes, Stieve (Steve) Armstrong and Lewis Thomas, each purchased a tract of land from Bell.   Armstrongís tract was forty acres, while Thomasí was sixty acres. Thomas later purchased another fifty acres.  Each of these men erected a house on his property.  Thomas moved his family from Gainesmore, while Armstrong moved his family from Brazoria.  Armstrong had a daughter, Alonia, born in 1907.  Alonia Armstrong Keyes still lives in Bell Bottom and tells how dense the underbrush and timber were when she was a little girl. She also tells about her father killing black bears for food.

 

By 1910 the community had spread up Caney Creek into the A. C. Buckner League.  In the late 1920ís and early 1930ís, the community had developed into a vegetable farming area with approximately twenty families growing and marketing corn, beans, peas, and greens. 

 

In the mid-1970ís a gas well was brought into production on the Nora Caldwell property.  Several other wells have been drilled but none have produced. 

 

In 1985 there are only a couple of small vegetable farms along with a few small ranches and sod (grass) farms.  There are approximately forty-three families making their homes in Bell Bottom today.

Typed by Faye Cunningham
 

 



 

The descendants of the Steve Armstrong family conceived the idea of
the Bell Bottom History House to preserve the heritage of the early
settlers of the area. The house is the former residence of
Alonia Fletcher-Keys and is located at 1549 County Road 162 in
the Bell Bottom Community about one mile from St. Marks
Missionary Baptist Church.

For more information contact Israel L. Armstrong 832-795-4352.

 




Steve Armstrong (at left)
Justina Armstrong (above)


Photos courtesy of Israel Armstrong
 


 



Living Room
 



Living Room
 




Piano in living room
 



Sideboard in dining area
 



Kitchen safe
 



Wood-burning stove in dining area
 



Front Room
 



Front Room
 



Front Room
 



Tools and school bench in front room
 



Bedroom with iron bedstead
 



Dressing table
 



Chest with hats
 



Bed with iron bedstead and springs
 



Sewing machine in back bedroom.
 

 


ACTIVITIES
 

Members of the Matagorda County Historical Commission toured the
Bell Bottom History House on March 8, 2008.




 


 

Copyright 2006 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
All rights reserved

Created
Jan. 16, 2006
Updated
Sep. 14, 2009
 

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