2000 Census - 140
Elmaton Texas History:
Elmaton received a post office in 1915, and became a stop on the St. Lewis, Brownsville, and Mexico
Railway in 1934. Elmaton is located at the junction of FM 1095 and SH 35, along the Missouri Pacific Railroad, 17.4 miles northeast of Palacios, 27 miles southeast of El Campo, 8.5 miles southeast of Midfield, 16.4 miles south of Danevang, 6 miles northeast of Blessing, 7.6 miles southwest of Markham, and 11 miles southwest of Bay City, Texas.
Blessing Branch Library, Blessing, TX:
This branch of the Palacios, Texas Library offers Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri, 1pm-6pm. (361) 588-7717. 812 10th Street, Blessing, 77419. In March 2013, the library was in the process of renovating a new library building at 124 9th Street.
El Maton National (Dance) Hall and Tavern:
This is one of the oldest dance halls in Texas. It offers live music, cold beer and dancing. It is available for private functions. Open Fri-Sat, 5pm-Midnight. The dance hall hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day BBQ cook-off with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. (979) 479-5456. (979) 240-5858. The hall is located south of SH 35 at the intersection of FM 1095 and CR 432, approximately 2 miles east of Blessing, 10 miles southwest of Bay City, and 24 miles south of El Campo, Texas at 565 FM 1095, Elmaton, Texas 77440. Email Elmaton Area Map Elmaton Map; Click to Enlarge
Annual Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Show, Feb, Bay City, TX:
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-3:30pm; closed 12-1pm for lunch. (979) 245-2454. Tickets: (979) 245-1819. The fairgrounds are located on the southeast edge of Bay City at 4511 FM 2668, Bay city, TX 77414.
Hotel Blessing & Restaurant, Blessing, TX:
Built in 1906, the hotel was given to the Blessing Historical Foundation in 1978. It was restored and functions as a hotel. The Blessing Hotel Coffee Shop still has the old wood stove. The Coffee Shop menu changes daily. The food is excellent country cooking; customers serve themselves from pots set on the old potbellied stoves. Turkey and dressing is served every Sunday. The Coffee Shop serves breakfast and lunch daily; closed on Christmas Day. It closes at 2pm. Sometimes the Hotel is closed, but the restaurant always remains open. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (361) 588-6623. 128 10th Street, Blessing, Texas 77419. Blessing is located on Sh 35, 17.5 miles southwest of Bay City, Texas. Restaurant Reviews
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
Matagorda Loop: Brazosport, Angleton, Sargent, Matagorda, Big Boggy NWR
Rio Colorado Loop: Eagle Lake, Bay City, Wadsworth, Matagorda, Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, El Campo, Pierce, Glen Flora, Egypt, Buckeye, Markham, Wharton
Texana Loop: Lake Texana, Ganado, Edna, Lolita, La Salle, Vanderbilt to La Ward to Point Comfort
Tres Palacios Loop: Matagorda, Collegeport, Port Alto, Olivia, Lolita, La Ward to Port Lavaca
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Matagorda County Bird Checklist with Photos
Matagorda County Birding Nature Center Bird Checklist, Bay City
Brazoria, San Bernard & Big Boggy NWR Bird Checklist, Angleton
Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR Bird Checklist, Eagle Lake
Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR Seasonal Bird Checklist , Eagle Lake
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist, Needville
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist, Needville
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
Cash's Creek, Winter Migration, # 9 on the Tres Palacios Birding Loop, Elmaton:
From Elmaton, go south on FM 1095 to FM 521. Go west on FM 521 to FM 2853; go south on FM 2853.Bird the agricultural fields for cranes, geese and ducks during the winter. The snow geese flocks may hide Ross' geese. At the intersection of Cash's Creek and FM 2853, watch for cliff swallows under the bridge during the summer months; watch for white-tailed hawk and other raptors on the roads.
Mad Island Wildlife Management Area Information, Matagorda & Collegeport:
Habitat at this Wildlife Management Area consists of 7,281 acres of fresh and brackish marsh bounded on the south side by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. The WMA was purchased topreserve coastal wetland habitat for wintering waterfowl. Wildlife includes puddle and diver ducks, sandhill cranes, alligators, mottled duck, raccoon, river otter, mink, armadillo, white-tailed deer, bobcat, gray fox and cottontail, jack and swamp rabbits. Wildlife tours are offered in the spring and fall. Designated paths through the levees and around the lake and into the Texas Nature Conservancy land along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway offer bird watchers opportunities to observe over 300 species of birds. A bird checklist is available at the park entrance.Hunting for alligators, feral hogs and waterfowl is permitted through special scheduled hunts. Access to some boggy hunting areas requires a canoe or kayak. Conservation tours are scheduled during the year for visitors to observe hundreds of bird species along the Texas coast. Call for reservations. For more complete WMA information, go to the Mad Island WMA Home Page. The WMA is located 9 miles east of Collegeport, and 5 miles west of Matagorda, Texas. From Bay City take SH 35 west 12 miles to FM 1095. Take FM 1095 south approximately 13 miles to Brazos Tower Road. Turn left on Brazos Tower Road and travel two miles to Franzen Road. Turn left on Franzen Road and follow the signs.
Tres Palacios River:
The Tres Palacios River rises at the western city limits of El Campo, twelve miles southwest of Wharton in central Wharton County. It flows southeast for 46 miles through Matagorda County to its mouth on Tres Palacios Bay, four miles north of Palacios, Texas.
Tres Palacios River to Cash Creek:
The put-in is Carl Park. The take-out is the FM 2853 Bridge on Cash Creek. From Blessing take SH 35 south for 5.6 miles to FM 521. Go left (east) on FM 521 and drive 3.6 miles to Carl Park on the Tres Palacios River. Paddle 6.3 miles down the Tres Palacios River to the bay; turn right at the bay into Cash Creek. Take out at the FM 2853 Bridge over Cash Creek.
Bay Prairie Outfitters & Lodge, Midfield:
They offer morning goose, duck, or sandhill crane hunts, and afternoon duck hunts. Packages include guided hunt, lodging, continental breakfast and lunch, kennels and bird processing from the first of November to the end of February. (361) 588-6565. (361) 676-2012. The lodge is located in Midfield, Texas (FM 2431 and SH 71). Email Midfield Area Map .
Bay Prairie Outfitters & Lodge, Midfield:
They offer morning goose, duck, or sandhill crane hunts, and afternoon duck hunts. Packages include guided hunt, lodging, continental breakfast and lunch, kennels and bird processing from the first of November to the end of February. (361) 588-6565. (361) 676-2012. The lodge is located in Midfield, Texas (FM 2431 and SH 71). Email Midfield Area Map
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences.
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar