Sargent Texas History:
In 1844, Englishman George Sargent purchased some land and built a house between Caney Creek and Cedar Lake, three or four miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. At that time Caney Creek’s deep waters were navigable. During the Civil War Sargent was able to ship cotton and beef from Caney Creek through the Union Blockade. After the war the Sargent family continued in the cattle business. In the summer of 1875 Sargent’s son John and some neighbors drove 3,000 cattle along the Salt Grass and Chisholm trails to Abilene. When John arrived back home he found that a hurricane had destroyed his and his father’s homes and killed his wife and his parents. This is the same storm that destroyed Indianola. The Sargent post office was established in 1912 and was named after George Sargent. In 1925 Sargent had 25 residents. Roads were built in 1927. By 1940 Sargent had four businesses and a population of eighty. The 2010 Sargent census was 300. Mitchell’s Cut is a continuation of Caney Creek and is a favorite fishing spot. For fresh shrimp see CircleBarC below. The FM 457 swing bridge spans the Intracoastal Waterway, connecting the mainland to Sargent Beach. The town is located near the San Bernard River, Caney Creek and the Linville Bayou. Sargent is located on FM 457, 5 miles northwest of the Gulf of Mexico, 24 miles southeast of Bay City, 51 miles southeast of Wharton, 35 miles northeast of Matagorda, 21 miles southwest of Brazoria, 27.5 miles southwest of Freeport, and an hour southwest of Houston, Texas.
Historic Sargent Cemetery, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“George Thomas Sargent (1791-1875) and his family came to Texas from England in 1834. In 1838 they moved to Matagorda County, where Sargent became a major landowner. This family cemetery contains six graves. The first to be interred here was a Sargent grandson, Jacob Smith, Jr. (1843-1859). The second burial was that of a great-grandson, Frank J. Freeman, in August 1872. George T. Sargent and his daughter - in - law, Sarah Ann, drowned in the storm of 1875. Granddaughter Cornelia Smith Freeman (d. 1883) and her husband, Henry H. Freeman (d. 1908), were the last to be buried here.” From Sargent take FM 457 approximately 2.5 miles east, then take Caney Road approximately 0.7 miles south.
FM 457 Swing Bridge: Construction on new bridge will begin April or May 2018
A 24-hour swing bridge spans the Intracoastal Waterway is on SH 60, connecting the mainland to the 8-mile-long Sargent Beach island. The bridge opens for small boats. Since 2013, TxDOT
state the swing bridge is in need of replacement because of its age and high maintenance costs. TxDOT is considering replacing it with a concrete “corkscrew bridge.” This is not the last operating swing bridge in Texas. There is an operating one in Port Isabel, Texas.
Matagorda County Transit:
It costs the general public $2.50 to ride around Palacios. In Bay City is cost $3. Trips to Lake Jackson, Wharton, El Campo and Angleton, Texas cost $30. For the elderly, disabled and children to ride within Palacios cost $1.25, to ride within Bay City costs $1.50 and it costs $15 to travel to the above listed towns. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the transit offers trips to Houston, Galveston, Port Lavaca, Sugarland and Victoria, Texas. These trips cost $55.00 for the general public and $27.50 for the elderly, disabled and children. Palacios Transit: (361) 972-2715. Bay City Transit: (979) 245-6800.
Sargent Branch 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 Wed, 10am-4pm; Thu-Fri, 1pm-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm. (979) 245-3032. The library is in Sargent on FM 457.
Event Venue - Matagorda County Fairgrounds & Live Entertainment, Bay City:
Amenities include a multi-purpose building, special event facilities, a holding pen, an inside arena, horse stalls and RV hookups. The fairgrounds host many events including rodeos, livestock shows, the annual Matagorda County Fair, the annual October Bay City Bull Blast with bull riding and a dance, and the annual February Matagorda County Fair Association Concert. (979) 245-2454. The fairgrounds are located at 4511 FM 2668, Bay City, TX 77414. Email
Event Venue - Sargent VFW Post 2412:
2018 news is that the Matagorda County Commissioners have plans to the hall into a Sargent Community Service Center. The post hosts Texas Hold Em’ on Sundays at 5:30pm and on Wednesdays at 6:30pm, an 8-ball pool tournament on Tuesdays at 7:30pm; A cricket dart tournament on Thursdays at 7:30pm, and a shuffle board tournament on Fridays at 7:30pm. Happy Hour is Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm. The canteen is open Mon-Fri, 4pm-12pm; Sat, 4pm-1am, sun 2pm-12am. A members meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm. For hall rentals call (979) 244-0165. 20305 FM 457, Sargent. Email
March 1-3, 2018
Annual Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Show, Feb, Bay City, TX, March:
Activities include horse and livestock judging, a pageant, a public speaking contest, Phillips 66 Local Team Roping, a BBQ cook-off, a carnival, vendors, a talent show, a home economics food show, a commercial Heifer show, a Ranch Rodeo, Ladies Calf Decorating, mutton bustin, an Academic Rodeo, Exceptional Day, the Junior Livestock Show and Auction, Ladies Barrel Racing, a kids’ coloring contest, a rodeo clown contest, a bucket calf show, the Senior Citizens Luncheon and the Senior Citizens Craft Show, junior wild steer saddling, wild cow saddling, and a PRCA sanctioned rodeo. 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.
April 21, 2018
Annual Sargent Area Wide Garage "Sail", April:
The sale is open from 8am-1pm. Maps and brief descriptions of items for sale are available at the First Baptist Church of Sargent, 53 CR 283. Email
April 20-21, 2018
Annual Sargent Fire & EMS Spring BBQ Cook-off & Fundraiser, 3rd Saturday in April:
Activities include auctions, a raffle, kid’s activities, a BBQ cook-off (brisket, ribs, chicken and pinto beans), a cake and pie bake-off, a live auction and bucket raffle, and kids’ activities. This event is held at the fire department on SH 457. (281) 389-9909. Email
June 17, 2017
Annual Sargent Trout and Redfish Tournament, June:
This event is sponsored by the Sargent Area Chamber of commerce. Register at Hookers Waterfront Bar & Grill, 27334 FM 457. Restaurant: (979) 323-9910. COC Contacts
22-23 June 2018
Annual Sargent Crab Trap Offshore Fishing Tournament, June or July:
This tournament is held at the Crab Trap Grill and Bar on Caney Creek. (979) 244-4141. 3610 Carancahua Street, Sargent.
22 June 2017
Annual Sargent Tournament of Heroes, Late June or Early July:
This event began as the Master Sgt. Gonzales Memorial Fishing Tournament and is now an annual event that benefits the Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund. The tournament provides over 100 wounded American soldiers with a weekend of fishing. Contact (713) 899-0702 for more information. Email
July 4, 2018
Annual July 4th San Bernard River Boat Parade, Brazoria, TX, July:
The San Bernard River July 4th begins at McNeil Bridge on FM 221 and ends at the Churchill Bridge. Viewing areas are Dido’s Restaurant (2922 CR 519) and the Churchill Bridge at FM 2611 boat ramp. This event is sponsored by Friends of the San Bernard River. Email
25 November 2017
Annual Sargent Lighted Christmas Boat Parade, Nov:
The parade travels from the mouth of Caney Creek at the Intracoastal Waterway up to the boat ramp on Caney Drive. The parade begins at 6pm. (979) 429-3002.
9 December 2017
Annual San Bernard River Lighted Boat Parade, Brazoria, TX, Dec:
A complimentary cocktail happy hour and buffet is offered to boat parade entrants and their crew on Sunday at 4pm at the F.O.R. Community Center, 20450 CR 510-B. A $500 prize is given to the best decorated boat 24 feet and under and the best decorated boat 25 feet and over. Judging is based on lighting, decorations, sound and them. The San Bernard River Christmas Boat Parade begins at McNeil Bridge on FM 221 and ends at the Churchill Bridge. Viewing areas are Dido’s Restaurant (2922 CR 519) and the Churchill Bridge at FM 2611 boat ramp. This event is sponsored by Friends of the San Bernard River. Email
S & S Seafood & Bait Sales- Larry's Bait Camp, Sargent:
Larry McNally passed away in February 2018. The bait camp is still open. They sell bait and fresh table shrimp, oysters and crab. (979) 244-3323. 1702 Intracoastal Drive, Sargent.
Caney Creek Marina & Café & Bait Sales on Caney Creek:
They are a full-service marina and bait store on Caney Creek. The café was new in 2018. (979) 245-3691. 1052 CR 201, Sargent (Bay City Mail).
Crab Trap Bar & Grill:
The bar is located upstairs on a beautiful deck. The restaurant will cook your fresh catch. The restaurant sometimes hosts live music and DJ music. The restaurant is accessible by vehicle and boat. Open Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm; Bar 5pm-2am; Sun, 11am-4pm. 1625 CR 201. (979) 244-4141. Email Reviews
Hookers Waterfront Bar & Grill on the Intercoastal Canal:
They opened in 2017. They offer food specials and host events including live music. (979) 323-9910. 27334 FM 457, Sargent. Reviews