San Patricio
Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 4,942
2000 Census - 5,034
Mathis, Texas
Mathis Texas History:
When the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad was laying tracks across San Patricio County in 1887, Thomas H. Mathis donated 300 acres for a townsite, a school and any church that would construct a building. He fenced the town to prevent grazing cattle from entering the town. As late as 1906, arriving and departing trains had to be let in and out of town. In 1889, Mathis and his brother J.M. Mathis, were instrumental is helping start the Coleman, Mathis, Fulton Cattle Company. When the company reorganized as the Coleman-Fulton Company, the brothers received 37, 000 acres of land located in the vicinity. The town’s growth was partly due to residents of Lagarto moving to Mathis to be closer to the railroad. In 1895, the La Fruta Post Office was moved to Mathis. After the Common School District No. 3 was established in 1895, the town built a one room school. In 1913, the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Pacific, built a line to the town, and the Mathis Chamber of Commerce was organized. Mathis became a trading center for area ranchers who grew cotton and corn. By the early 1930s, winter vegetables became a major crop and the area produced onions, cabbage, carrots and Spanish. Both the railroads built large packing sheds to accommodate these crops. By the 1960s, sorghum, cotton and corn were the major crops. Today, Mathis’ main industries are livestock and agriculture (cotton, grain, sorghum, and flax), and tourism from nearby Lake Corpus Christi. The town is located at the intersection of FM 359 and IH 37, 2.5 miles northeast of Sandia, 24 miles south of Beeville, 31 miles northeast of Alice, 21.6 miles northwest of Sinton, 24 miles northwest of San Patricio, and 35 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mathis Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, 2pm-6pm; Tue, 9am-6pm; Wed & Thu, 11am-6pm; Fri, 1pm-6pm. (361) 547-6201. 103 Lamar Street.
South Texas Trail Riders Ride, Corpus Christi to San Antonio, Feb 4 – Feb 12, 2016:
This group hosts trail rides throughout the year and hosts an annual covered wagon trail ride from Corpus Christi to the San Antonio Livestock & Rodeo. This annual trail ride begins with registration in Edroy, Texas. On Thursday, February 4, riders register at Ed Cot Co-Op Gin in Edroy (5019 CR 51, 78370). On Friday the group rides 19.9 miles from Edroy to Tynan. Lunch is at Hartzendorf Gin on FM 796. They will spend the night in Tynan at the recreation center. On Saturday they ride 19 miles and lunch at the Skidmore Fire Department on the corner of 4th and East Refugio Streets. They spend the night at the Beeville Coliseum, 214 South FM 351. On Sunday they ride 21 miles to Pettus. Monday’s 22.5-mile ride takes them to Kenedy. Lunch is at the Waylon Rouse Ranch on CR 743. They spend the night at the Karnes County Show Barn, located on U.S. 181, between Kenedy and Karnes City, and adjacent to Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital. On Tuesday, they ride 15.5 miles to Falls City. Wednesday’s 18.1-mile ride takes them to Floresville where they will overnight at the Wilson County Show Barn, 435 SH 97 East. They lunch in Poth, Texas. On Thursday, they ride 13.8 miles to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Posse Arena, 11755 South Foster Road, 78223. Various organizations host meals, dances and live entertainment in each host city. The group also hosts shorter trail rides to other small Texas towns. Current contact information is available on their website.
Keep Texas Wild Triathlon at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, April:
Events include a Spring Triathlon, Mini-Spring Triathlon, and a Sprint Triathlon Relay. This event is held at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 23194 Park Road 45, Mathis, Texas 78368. Cabins, screened shelters, and tent and RV campsites are available at the park. Call (361) 547-2635 for park reservations.   Event Email
Annual Memorial Day Celebration, Last Monday in May:
This event is held at Ramsower Park at 215 North Duval Street. Current Contacts
Annual 4th of July Celebration:
Events include a parade and festival. The festival is held at 999 South FM 359.  Current Contacts
Annual Veterans Day Celebration, 11 Nov:
This event is held at Ramsower Park at 215 North Duval Street.  Current Contacts
Van's Burgers: 
They received perfect reviews (all 4 and 5 stars) when I reviewed them in April 2018. Best reviews of all restaurants in Mathis. (361) 547-8012. 411 East Magnolia Street.  Reviews
Taqueria Vallarta: 
Only one negative review when I re-edited Mathis in 2018. (361) 547-8041. 318 North SH 9, Mathis.  Reviews
Swinney Switch Cafe, Mathis:
They serve very good home cooked meals. They offer lunch buffets, all you can eat Sunday Super Buffet, and menu ordering. Menu items include salads, hamburgers, steaks, quail, seafood, chicken fried steak, chicken, roast beef, pot roast, macaroni and cheese, sides, cobblers, cakes and ice cream. They serve prime rib on the first and third Saturday of each month. Open Sun, 11am-2pm (go early), Wed-Fri, 11am-2pm; Fri, 5pm-9pm, Sat, 5pm-9pm; closed Monday and Tuesday. (361) 547-2749. 926 FM 3024, Mathis, 78368. Email  Reviews
Smolik's Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant: 
Smolik’s serves barbeque. Menu items include brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage, fajitas, pork ribs, beef ribs, chopped beef, chicken salad, a variety of sides, salads, chicken fried steak, shrimp and catfish, poor boys, pie, cake and ice cream, and more. (361) 547-5494. 501 East San Patricio Street. In 2014 they opened a second location on SH 359.  Reviews