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Colorado River Bridge at Bay City - 1907
Bay City Photos


Nancy Tabitha Morrow & James Matthew Harbison


Matagorda County is on the coast of Texas and was an original Texas County. Matagorda is Spanish for "thick brush" and was derived from the dense canebrakes which grew in the fertile prairie soil. The Colorado River flows centrally north to south with Caney Creek meandering its way near the eastern border. Caney was the lifeblood of the Pre-Civil War plantations. The first settlers battled the Karankawas, mosquitoes and the hurricanes.. Residents of the county played integral roles in the formation of the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. Visit present-day Matagorda County to shop in renovated 19th & 20th century buildings, dine in revitalized store fronts, sleep in hotels and B&Bs built over 100 years ago and

Matagorda County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Read the Texas Now Matagorda County Issue Online

Read about Matagorda County and other South Texas communities at 
TEXAS NOW Online Magazine


Historic Matagorda County

Matagorda County Historical Commission


Is your business 50 years or older? It could qualify for the Texas Treasure Business Award. The Matagorda County Historical Commission can help with your application.
Texas Treasure Business Award
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Tenaris Matagorda County Video


First Well at Old Gulf


Historical Markers

Libraries & Museums

Lodging & Inns

Military Sites


Stores & Shops

Walking-Driving Tours

Jan 18, 2017