History

Thu
11
Jan

Caney Creek once widely traveled waterway

From the Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
11
Jan

Cook early colonist, postmaster on Cook’s Island

From the Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
11
Jan

Haller once represented county in legislature

From the Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
04
Jan

Town of Manhattan once planned at Caney Creek mouth

   Manhattan was the name of a proposed town in southeastern Matagorda County to be at the mouth of Caney Creek on East Matagorda Bay, the easternmost part of which, at the junction of the mainland and the Matagorda Peninsula, was once called Manhattan Bay. 
   Proposed during the boom in town speculation of 1837–39, Manhattan apparently never developed into much.
   The February 1838 issues of the Matagorda Bulletin reported, however, the packet sloop Manhattan would make weekly trips between Matagorda and the town of Manhattan.
   The newspaper also advertised plans for a Manhattan Academy, to be established at the new town of that name, with temporary trustees (many of them Masons) including, M.B. Lamar, E.R. Wightman, A.C. Horton, Silas Dinsmore, R.R. Royall, Anson Jones, William H. Wharton, and Thomas J. Hardeman. 
   The academy, which had been intended to boost the development of its namesake town, never materialized.  

Thu
28
Dec

Big Boggy refuge winter habitat for for migratory waterfowl

   Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge is on East Matagorda Bay just south of Lake Austin and twenty-one miles south of Bay City in southern Matagorda County. 
   It is bordered on the west by Big Boggy Creek, on the east by a county road leading to the small fishing community of Chinquapin, and on the south by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. It provides winter habitat for migratory waterfowl. 
   In 1990 it had 4,113 acres of coastal prairie and salt marsh. 
   It is accessible only by way of Chinquapin Road or by boat. Dotted by numerous small lakes, including Lake Kilbride and Pelton Lake, the refuge, along with other such refuges on the Texas Gulf Coast, provides essential winter habitat for birds on the Central Flyway, one of four major migratory routes over the continental United States. Big Boggy Refuge is administered from the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.  

Thu
28
Dec

Big Boggy part of Texas Midcoast Refuges Complex

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Big Boggy includes Dressing Point Island in East Matagorda Bay, a major rookery for colonial nesting birds on the Texas coast.

Overview
   Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge consists of flat coastal prairies, salt marshes, and two large saltwater lakes. Established to provide habitat for migratroy waterfowl and other bird species, 
   Big Boggy includes Dressing Point Island in East Matagorda Bay, a major rookery for colonial nesting birds on the Texas coast. 
   The refuge is the smallest in the Texas Midcoast Refuges Complex.  
   Its 4,526 acres may be small but holds an impressive number of waterfowl - up to 55,000 geese and 15,000 ducks annually.
   The Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex has been designated as an internationally significant shorebird site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. 
   This designation indicates that the combined complex hosted over 100,000 shorebirds during spring migration. 

Thu
21
Dec

Lukefahr school also was the community

Fromrootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago

   EDITOR’S NOTE: A state historical marker for the Lukefahr School Community was dedicated March 19, 2009, at the intersection of FM 2540 and Bucks Bayou Road. 
   Lukefahr School Community, a rural agricultural community settlement is located on Bucks Bayou Road 10 miles southeast of Bay City. 
   The abandoned school house is located southeast corner of County Road 166 (Bucks Bayou Road) and the intersection of CR 168 (Hall Road) on the west and one mile west of FM 2540.
   The year was 1909 when Matagorda County was able to qualify in school age population and with the increase of school tax revenue, the possibility of a county school superintendent was promising. 
   With all the factors in place, the county commissioners’ court appointed Judge Thomas H. Lewis, to the newly created office of county school superintendent. The county was redistricted to make distribution of funds more equitable in each of the 26 common school districts. 

Thu
14
Dec

"Merry Christmas 1937 from West side of the square" Compiled by Carol Ann Gibbs

Fromrootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago
The Black and White Shop was an eating destination on the west side of the square. Like many restaurants of the day, it offered ample room for meetings. The Bay City Club was at the rear of the cafe.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
07
Dec

"Merry Christmas 1937 from south side of the square" Compiled by Carol Ann Gibbs

Fromrootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago
Zac Delano’s Alcove, located in the Austin Building, was a popular meeting and eating place. It’s dining room could seat 200. The Chamber of Commerce meetings were held there and it was a popular gathering place for students and shoppers. Upstairs, George R. Burke, who handled oil leases, royalties and a general line of insurance, had his office.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
07
Dec

History lessons at the museum

Contributed photo
Mrs. Cartwright's third-grade class at Holy Cross Catholic School visited the Matagorda County Museum recently, learning about the county’s rivers, rice, and railroads.

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