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Matador, Texas

Matador was designated county seat when Motley County was organized in 1891, and was named for Dr. J.W. Mottley (named was misspelled in the law), signer of Texas Declaration of Independence who was killed at San Jacinto. The city was named for the Matador Land and Cattle Co., originally organized in 1882 by a Scottish syndicate. The area was founded and settled by cowboys of the Matador Ranch. The historic ranch house with 26 rooms was built in 1918 using native rock at a cost of $26,000. (Not open to the public.) Today, the local economy is still based on ranching (livestock) operations along with crop farming with cotton, wheat, and grain sorghum.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Matador, TX

Anson Jones Museum

In historic church building. Artifacts include miniature reproduction of town square as it existed in 1904, a desk and chair ...

Perryton Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Seagraves-Loop Museum & Art Center

Housed in 1924 Armstrong Bldg. Collections of pioneer memorabilia, furnished rooms, and street scene. Adjacent old depot hous...

Apple Country Hi-Plains Orchards

Family owned pick-your-own apple orchard, open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., year round. We feature 6000 apple trees with 2...

Replica of World's Tallest Windmill

Originally constructed of wood in El Canyon de las Casas Amarillas (The Canyon of the Yellow Houses) on the XIT Ranch in 1887...