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Matagorda County Motels & Courts
Boarding and Rooming Houses



Bay City

A & B Courts

Highway 35 East                    1953 - A. N. Opsal, owner

Caravan Motor Hotel

Highway 35 West                     1965-66  O. B. McCoy manager

Cattlemen's Motel

905 Ave F - 1978

Knight's Inn - 2013

Comfort Suites - 2013


Como Motel

3501 7th Street                    1953 - Harold E. Davis, manager                    1965-66 Gunter Nerlich, owner

Como Motel, Bay City, Texas
Postcard courtesy of Postcards of Texas

Como Motel, Bay City, Texas - postmarked 1949
Bay City's finest tourist accommodations.
Each cabin equipped with colored tile bath,
Spring Air mattress...Box Springs...
Air Cooled...attached garage with overhead locked doors
On Highway 35 - Hug-the-Coast [Highway]

Postcard Courtesy of Jana Prock

Bill Davis' Como Motel - 1964

Flamingo Motel - 1978

Paradise Inn - 2013

Executive Inn & Suites


Hampton Inn & Suites - 2013


Holiday Inn

Days Inn - 2013

Holiday Inn Express


Motel 6

Kayan's Motel

1978 4301 7th

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

Nash Courts

3232 7th                    M. W. Nash, owner



Bay City Inn & Suites


Petersen's Motel & Courts

Leo A. Petersen, owner                    Highway 35 East







Red Wing Tourist Courts

2917 7th                    Mrs. W. R. Elkins, owner


8th Street



7th Street

New Supermarket Planned on Seventh St. Location

Plans for a new, large, modern grocery supermarket to be constructed in Bay City will completion due within six months, have been announced in Bay City by H. C. Boysen, Sr.

Mr. Boysen announced the completion of negotiations for the purchase of the Red Wing Courts on Seventh Street from Mrs. Pearl Elkins. It will be on this site that the new supermarket will be constructed.

To be constructed will be an 80 by 130 foot ultra modern, semi fire-proof supermarket. The balance of the space at the Red Wing Court location will be paved for an adequate parking space, Mr. Boysen has announced.

The nine cottages are for sale. The new owner has begun advertising to sell the cottages for removal. Mrs. Elkins will retain her home, but it will be moved from the location . Mr. Boysen said the new supermarket will be open within six months or sooner.

Construction will start as soon as the area is cleared.

Mr. Boysen, with headquarters in Yoakum, operates stores in Yoakum, Cuero, Port Lavaca, and has a large supermarket under construction at present in Yoakum.

His son, H. C. "Pete" Boysen, Jr. is the meat and advertising manager for the stores. Egon Bettge is general manager of all stores.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 30, 1956

Regency Inn & Suites



South Texas Inn


Starland Motel

Highway 35 East                    1965-66 G. E. Kirksey, owner

Starland Motel
Postcard Courtesy of Jana Prock


Baker's Star Land Motel - 1964


Studio 6 - 2013


Suniland Courts

Highway 35 East                     W. A. Gavender

1956 known as Sun Motel

Sunset Motel

Highway 35 East                    1965-66 Kenneth F. Cryan, owner


Town House Motel


Wade Courts

Highway 35, East                    1965-66 T. R. Wade, owner


Site of the Wade's Motel


Bay City Boarding and Rooming Houses

Franklin Rooming House

2413 Avenue D          1946 Telephone Directory

Mrs. T. M. Freeman

1925 6th          1946 Telephone Directory

C. F. Graham

1500 5th          1953 Telephone Directory

Amos A. Lee

1644  6th          1946 Tel Dir



Tropical Motel - Matagorda

1956 Tel Dir                     Steve Parsutt, owner

Allen's Landing - Matagorda

Formerly Mills Motel                    Beach Road

Matagorda Courts

1978 - remodeled - Market St.

Stan's Inn

1978 - Matagorda - Fisher St.

Carla Courts



Allen Courts

Damaged in a storm in August, 1938

Bay View Courts
First Street and Ritchie Avenue

Construction of Modern Tourist Camp Is Started
Bay View Courts Located On East Bay, To Be Completed Soon

Bay View Courts is the name of Palacios' Modern Tourist Camp now under construction. Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Hilbert are the promoters and expect to have the camp ready for tourists until the next few weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert have traveled extensively from New Mexico, Kansas and different places in Texas. They spent last winter in Corpus Christi and were anxious to locate on the coast. After visiting Corpus Christi again this year, they decided to come up this way farther and stopped at Port Lavaca. Not finding what they wanted there, they came on and landed in Palacios the first of September.

Almost at once they were delighted with our city and its future possibilities and began to look for a suitable place to build a tourist park. After looking  the town over well, they decided a location on the highway, near the bay was most desirable and feel they were fortunate in being able to purchase from H. V. Hall the lot at the corner of First street and Ritchie Ave., which has an east frontage on the highway coming into town and is also near the bay.

Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert inform us their plans for the present are to build six cottages in court style that will be equipped with all modern conveniences and made as comfortable as homes. Other cottages will be added later as the need demands, with additional features for accommodation of tourists.

Workmen are on the ground and construction work will be well under way in a few days for one of Palacios' greatest needs, a modern tourist camp.

Palacios Beacon, October 30, 1930

Bay View Courts

Work on Palacios' modern Tourist Park, Bay View Courts, is progressing nicely and the six cottages with places for cars will soon be ready for the accommodation of the auto traveler. Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert are sparing nothing to make their courts attractive, comfortable and convenient and we are confident their efforts will be appreciated by the traveling public.

Palacios Beacon, November 20, 1930

Glendale Courts

Highway 35 - Phone 5301

The ranch style tourist courts recently completed by Mr. and Mrs. Guy Claybourn, located on highway 35 spur north of the city limits add much to the attraction of Palacios to tourists.  Photo by Stephen's Studio

Palacios Beacon, May 12, 1949


Paul's Motel
Fourth Street and Henderson

1968 dir 35 bypass

Silver Courts
Destroyed in a storm in August, 1938

Silver Courts Bear Stamp of State Approval

Those who live in Palacios and its surrounding territory are personally familiar with the Silver Courts under the management of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Hilbert.

These courts have the approval of the Texas Bulletin of Approved Camps, which in itself means the stamp of approval from the standpoint of cleanliness, convenience and a healthful location.

Located on East Bay the vacationist is afforded a beautiful panorama from every direction. With fishing, bathing and hunting a more ideal spot could not have been found for the erection of these courts where every modern facility is installed to add to the comfort of the occupant.

Mr. and Mrs. Hilbert have worked tirelessly and unceasingly in their effort to make these the finest that may be found in Matagorda County. They have left nothing undone to add to their intrinsic beauty as well as their convenient arrangement.

Palacios Beacon, October 19, 1939

White Swan Court

City Aldermen Hear Complaints Against New Water Rate System

J. N. White, washateria operator, and Sherwood Barber, tourist court owner, appeared to protest what they called an inequality in rates.--Palacios Beacon, August 9, 1951


Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Barber, local White Swan Court owners and operators, caught 19 nice trout at Shell-Beach on Tuesday. Sherwood, so the story goes, started to put them in his deep-freeze and then, horror of horrors, he saw the "No Vacancy Sign!"--Palacios Beacon, June 25, 1953

Will Sasse




Greenhead Motel

Owners Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Trombatore - 1978




Country Roads Inn

1978                      Wadsworth - HW 60



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