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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.

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Things to do near Matador, TX

Ingrid's Custom Hand-Woven, Inc.

Visitors see weaving of 100 percent sheep's wool rugs and saddle blankets on 2,4, and 8 harness looms. They also can see how ...

Brown County Museum of History

Seven rooms of exhibits in old, castle-like jail. Brown County history, and evolution of communications exhibit in room spons...

Swenson Memorial Museum and J.D. Sandefer Oil Annex

Housed in the historic First National Bank building, the museum features pioneer artifacts and traveling exhibits. The oil hi...

Twin Buttes Reservoir

Twin Buttes suffered extremely low levels until fall 2004 when it caught over 20 feet of water. Fish populations will be in a...

Ledbetter Picket House

Restored frontier ranch structure with rustic period furnishings. House is a dog-run cabin built of slender upright poles (pi...