Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Agriculture Economics

Degree Discipline

Agriculture Economics


A Historical Summary of Matagorda County

Matagorda County is of level prairie, sloping to the sea on lower coastal plain bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Matagorda Penisula extends forty miles in Southwest direction, enclosing Matagorda Bay. Drained by the Colorado Hiver, Tres Palacious River, and Caney Creek. It is one of the Original Counties, created 1836, organized 1837, and named for the early municipality of Matagorda. Has a sea-level altitude to 50 feet, annual rainfall 42.48 inches, mean annual temperature is 69 degrees.

Resources: Loams, coastal clays, sandy soils with alluvials in bottoms. Liveoak, cedar, ash, Cottonwood, elm, pecan; limited production. Oil production 4,562,85$ bbls., gas, brick, and tile clay, mud shell. Sulphur production being heavy in former years, but has declined recently.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. M. Coruthers

Committee Member

G. L. Smith

Committee Member

G. L. Smith

Committee Member

A. C. Preston


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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