MATAGORDA COUNTY

 
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS
&
TEXAS REVOLUTION






1936 Texas Centennial Marker


Courthouse Square - Bay City

2858'56.99"N        9558'10.12"W



 


I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due his honor and that of his country.

                 --William Barrett Travis, Lt. Col. Comd't, Alamo, February 24, 1836
 


Buckner's Company - Battle of Velasco

Fowler's Company

Goliad Declaration of Independence

The Horse Marines

Horton's Company

Matagorda Pledge

John Plunkett Letters

San Jacinto Veterans

Stewart's Company - Matagorda Volunteers

2007 Goliad Massacre Living History Program

Horace Yeamans Pension Petition
 



 




ERECTED A.S. 1895
MATAGORDA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
E. S. RUGELEY Sr. Co. JUDGE
COMMISSIONERS
H. H. SERRILL Pr No 1.      H. W. BOWIE Pr. No 2
G. R. BROWN Pr. No 3     T. J. POOLE Pr. No 4
GEO. AUSTIN Co.     C. D. P. MOORE Treas.
A. I. RUGELEY Shff.      S. D. HILL Asses'r
T. J. HAMILTON Co. Atty.
MARTIN, BYRNE, JOHNSTON
& APPLEGATE, Builders
R. A. MATHUS  Supt.
 



 



 


MATAGORDA COUNTY

EARLY   HOME   OF   THE   KARANKAWA   INDIANS.    LANDING   PLACE  OF
LA  SALLE  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   COUNTY,   WHICH   WAS
ORGANIZED   IN   JULY,   1837  *  *  *  *   MATAGORDA,  THE  COUNTY  SEAT,

1837-1894,  BAY  CITY  SINCE  1894
IN  MEMORY  OF

JAMES CUMMINS, HOSEA H. LEAGUE, ELIAS R. WIGHTMAN, SETH INGRAM,
HORATIO  CHRIESMAN,  WILLIAM  SELKIRK,  EARLY  SETTLERS   *   *   *   *  *
MARY  S.  WIGHTMAN  HELMS,  FIRST  WOMAN  TEACHER  IN  TEXAS   *  *  *
IRA INGRAM,  SILAS DINSMORE,  MEMBERS OF THE CONVENTION OF 1832
R.  R.  ROYALL,   IRA L.  LEWIS,   CHARLES  WILSON,  DELEGATES  TO  THE
CONSULTATION   *   *   *   BAILEY  HARDEMAN,  SAMUEL  RHODES  FISHER,
SIGNERS  OF  THE  DECLARATION  OF  INDEPENDENCE   *   *   *   *   *   *   *  *
GEORGE  M.  COLLINSWORTH   AND   THE   MEN   WHO  SERVED  UNDER
HIM  DURING  THE  STRUGGLE  FOR  TEXAS  INDEPENDENCE *  *  *  *  *  *  *
A.  C.  HORTON,   LIEUTENANT  GOVERNOR  OF  TEXAS   *   *   *   *   *   *  THE
CITIZENS    OF    EARLY    MATAGORDA    COUNTY    WHO    CONTRIBUTED
TO    THE    ECONOMIC,    CULTURAL    AND    SPIRITUAL    DEVELOPMENT

MATAGORDA  COUNTY  HAS  CONTRIBUTED  TO  THE DEVELOPMENT OF
TEXAS CULTURE  THE PIONEER WOMAN TEACHER  MARY S. WIGHTMAN
HELMS, 1928, AN EARLY NEWSPAPER THE MATAGORDA BULLETIN, 1837,
FIRST  EPISCOPAL  CHURCH,  1839,  FIRST  REQUEST  FOR  PROMOTION
OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL, THAT OF IRA INGRAM 1837
 

ERECTED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS
1936
 


Centennial Marker Put on Court House Lawn
 

A red granite marker has been placed on the northwest corner of the court house lawn in Bay City by the Texas Centennial committee in commemoration of the early settlers of Matagorda County. On a bronze plaque is inscribed the following, in part: "Matagorda County early home of the Karankawa Indians. Landing place of La Salle in 1685. Settled 1822-36 by colonists of Stephen F. Austin. The municipality of Matagorda organized under the Mexican government on March 6, 1834." Other data of importance, names of signers of declaration of independence, first school teacher, newspaper, church and many early settlers.

When in Bay City stop and look it over, you will enjoy reading the history contained thereon and proud that such a marker has been placed in our county.

Palacios Beacon, June 17, 1937
 

 

Copyright 2005 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
All rights reserved

Created
Feb. 7, 2005
Updated
Sep. 23, 2011
   

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