History of 1928 City Hall, Fire Department

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The Landmark historic marker for the original city hall and fire station building (1927-1963) is today’s Municipal Court.

Compiled by Mary Belle Ingram  & Wendy Burgess
Written 1996 

 The public building of Spanish architecture located on Block 107, Lots 13, 14 and 15 in Bay City, Texas served the Bay City Community as a City Hall and Fire Department from 1928 through 1964, and as the Matagorda County Museum from 1965 to 1992. 
   It is now, in 1996, being renovated and restored to its former beauty to be a part of city government as Bay City closes out this 20th century.
   Not only is the building historic, but the site itself, as it was on Lot 13 that a red two-story, iron-clad structure erected in 1909 housed the first fire department and City Hall. 
   This building was demolished in 1927. 
   One of the first events in this building was the Matagorda County Fair, held that first year in 1909. 
   The City Council met upstairs in the building until 1919, when they moved their meeting to a new bank building, Citizens State Bank. 
   Rugeley and Magill owned Lot 13 until the City purchased it on July 4, 1911.
   The need to build a new building for the fire department came at the request of the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department in 1927. 
   The Volunteer Fire Department, organized in 1906, fought the first fires as a bucket brigade and graduated to a two wheeled hand-drawn chemical cart and two hand-drawn hose carts. 
   By 1916 they had purchased their first truck. 
   This equipment was kept in the iron-clad building and in a brick building on Avenue I.

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