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Bay City 2017 Membership Directory

Bay City WHERE ALL THE PIECES COME TOGETHER Finding the right place to live and do business is a puzzle that can be a challenge to put together. Everyone seems to be looking for a community where families thrive in a safe and healthy environment, where work is meaningful, and leisure time is fulfilling. A place where neighbors care about each other and take pride in the place they call home. A town that values its past yet plans for its future. A community where the benefits of small town living are balanced with big city conveniences. Most folks find only a few of these quality of life pieces in one place – and decide to make do with an incomplete picture. In Bay City however, everything comes together to create the ideal location to live, work and play. A PLACE IN HISTORY To find out how Bay City became such a livable community, take a trip back in time to its founding in 1894 by visiting the Matagorda County Museum and Children’s Museum. Here history comes alive in exhibits that include artifacts from the Karankawa Indians (the area’s native inhabitants), a cannon from 17th-century French explorer LaSalle’s ship La Belle, Stephen Austin’s colonization of the area, and more. The Children’s Museum is a recreation of an early 20th-century Texas town where kids can “shop” at an old-fashioned general store, dress up in period costume, and interact with the past in other entertaining and educational ways. Visitors to the museum learn that Bay City is actually named for its location on Bay Prairie, between the bottomlands of the Colorado River and Caney Creek. It was established when Matagorda County citizens voted to move the county seat from the little town of Matagorda to Bay City – even though Bay City did not actually exist yet. Betting that an area about 25 miles inland from the Gulf would make a better setting for the county seat, a group of developers had purchased 650 acres and set aside one square mile for the town site. Once the voters decided to move the county seat, the group began selling lots and promoting the town. the oxo people the new county seat and do business here. Soon Bay CityIt didn’t take long to attract people who wanted to live in was bustling with residents and retail, manufacturing and service businesses. Bay City Rice Mills built its rice warehouse in 1901 and the next year opened the town’s first mill. Rice is still the top crop in the county today. Bay City Plant Other businesses at that time included groceries, feed and farm implement stores, butcher and barber shops, An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D confectioneries, and drug and dry goods stores. There was also a brick-making plant, broom factory, cotton gin, www.oxea-chemicals.com and lumberyard. In 1901 the railroad reached Bay City, adding to the economic boom. In fact, by 1914, just 20 years after it was 10


Bay City 2017 Membership Directory
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