Getting Matagorda County out of mud

   “Get a Horse!” was the half-serious jest for residents of Matagorda County in the early 1920s, when the motor car was fast becoming the most sought-after means of transportation. 
   The stylish comfort and prestige of Henry Ford’s “Tin-Lizzy” was seriously challenged by the practical needs of transversing roads that were often sticky, rutted , black “gumbo.”
   The surface of Matagorda County is a level plain that rises from sea level on the coast to a maximum elevation of 70 feet at the north boundary. 
   The Colorado River, Caney, Live Oak, Carancahua, and Tres Palacios creeks cross the county, but adequate drainage has always been a problem. 

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