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County
Matagorda
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 300
Nearby
Towns
Sargent, Texas
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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; it 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. 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:
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.    
 
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 located in Sargent on FM 457.
 
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.
 
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 beans), and cake and pie bake-off. This event is held at the fire department on SH 457. (979) 244-5018.
 
Annual Sargent Freedom Fest, Last Saturday in May:
Activities include arts and crafts, food booths, children’s activities, and fireworks. Click on the above link for dates. Open on a Saturday, 9am-4pm. Proceeds benefit the Sargent Volunteer Fire Department, the Sargent Library, local non-profits, and provide Sargent students with scholarships. This event is held at the Caney Creek Estate Pavilion; follow the signs on FM 457.
 
Annual Sargent Crab Trap Offshore Fishing Tournament, July:
This tournament is held at the Crab Trap Grill and Bar on Caney Creek. (979) 637-0962. (979) 637-0915. (979) 244-4141.
 
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 a 100 wounded American soldiers with a weekend of fishing. Contact (713) 899-0702 for more information. Email
 
Annual Sargent Lighted Boat Parade, Saturday after Thanksgiving, 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.
 
CircleBarC Shrimp and Bait:
Call for fresh shrimp for eating, and for bait. CircleBarC at Rivers End Bait Camp operates on the San Bernard River, and now manages the former Spencer’s Bait Camp at the swing bridge on SH 60 in Sargent. (979) 964-4700.
 
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
 
Jay’s Chili Joint:
The restaurant is located in the former Iron Cactus building. Menu items include brisket queso, salads, chili, and other menu items. (979) 245-6367. 19663 FM 457, Sargent. Reviews