Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas
Bay City, the county seat of Matagorda County, is an incorporated city at the junction of State Highways 35 and 60, in the north central portion of the county ninety miles southwest of Houston. The community is named for its location on Bay Prairie, between the richly productive bottomlands of the Colorado River and Caney Creek. It was established in 1894, when David Swickheimer, a Colorado mining millionaire and participant in a promotional organization called the Enterprise Land and Colonizing Company, formed the Bay City Town Company in partnership with G. M. Magill, N. M. Vogelsang, and Nicholas King. Planning that Bay City would one day supplant Matagorda as county seat, the men selected two cow pastures on Bay Prairie as the site for a new community. The company bought 320 acres from D. P. Moore and another 320 acres from the Mensing brothers of Galveston. One square mile was given to the townsite, on which the promoters laid out wide, regular streets. Elliott's Ferry (see ELLIOTT, TEXAS), two miles away, provided transportation across the Colorado River.
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|17,444||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|17,614||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|18,667||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|18,170||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|17,837||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,733||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|11,656||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|9,427||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|6,594||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|4,070||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,454||1920||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,156||1910||Texas Demographic Center|