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Matagorda County, Texas

Matagorda County is a county located in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,702, its county seat is Bay City, not to be confused with the larger Baytown in Harris and Chambers Counties. Matagorda County is named for the canebrakes. Matagorda County comprises the Bay City, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Houston-The Woodlands, TX Combined Statistical Area. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,613 square miles, of which 1,100 square miles is land and 512 square miles is water; the water area includes Matagorda Bay. It borders the Gulf of Mexico. State Highway 35 State Highway 60 State Highway 71 State Highway 111 Brazoria County Calhoun County Jackson County Wharton County Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge As of the census of 2000, there were 37,957 people, 13,901 households, 9,925 families residing in the county; the population density was 34 people per square mile. There were 18,611 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the county was 67.83% White, 12.72% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 13.98% from other races, 2.38% from two or more races. 31.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 10.3% were of German, 8.2% American, 5.4% English and 5.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 73.9 % spoke English, 1.6 % Vietnamese as their first language. There were 13,901 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 12.70% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.60% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.25. In the county, the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males. The median income for a household in the county was $32,174, the median income for a family was $40,586. Males had a median income of $37,733 versus $21,871 for females; the per capita income for the county was $15,709. About 14.90% of families and 18.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.00% of those under age 18 and 13.60% of those age 65 or over. Rice is grown extensively in Matagorda County, as well as other turf grass. In addition to a wealth of offshore oil rigs and natural gas extraction facilities all over the county, two petrochemical processing plants and the South Texas Project nuclear power plant operate within the county. Matagorda County has secluded, extensive forests, wetlands and coastal regions; the gulf coast floodplain has several conditions conducive to a variety of ecosystems and recreational activities evident by the highest count of migrating birds in the United States.

Fishing and scuba diving are large parts of the recreation industry due to the Colorado river, the forests and Matagorda bay. As well as having the Rio Colorado Golf Course and a birdwatching park on the Colorado River near the State Highway 35 bridge, there are a significant number of wildlife preserves around the county, a portion of, land bought for that purpose by the two major petrochemical refineries and nuclear plant in the county. School districts serving Matagorda County include: Bay City Independent School District Boling Independent School District Matagorda Independent School District Palacios Independent School District Tidehaven Independent School District Van Vleck Independent School District Bay City Palacios Blessing Markham Matagorda Van Vleck Hawley Charlie Siringo Hortense Sparks Ward List of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast National Register of Historic Places listings in Matagorda County, Texas Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Matagorda County Media related to Matagorda County, Texas at Wikimedia Commons Official website Matagorda County from the Handbook of Texas Online "Matagorda County Profile" from the Texas Association of Counties

E. T. Barnette

Elbridge Truman Barnette, Yukon riverboat captain and swindler, founded the city of Fairbanks and served as its first mayor. He was born in 1863 in Ohio. In 1886, he was sentenced to four years in prison in Oregon state for stealing from a partner in a horse-trading venture in Canada. Political connections of the Barnette family saw the sentence commuted after one year, on the condition that Barnette never return to Oregon. Barnette was in Helena, Montana in the summer of 1897 when he received the news of gold strikes in the Klondike. On August 2, 1897, he arrived in Seattle, where with 160 other passengers, he boarded the steamer Cleveland, bound for St. Michael, Alaska on the Bering Sea. At St. Michael, Barnette partnered with other stampeders to purchase another steamer, the St. Michael, with the intention of steaming up the Yukon River to Dawson. Barnette was nominated the captain, he was henceforth known as "Captain Barnette". The St. Michael only made it as far as Circle, before a series of misfortunes including a breakdown, a fire, an outbreak of disease among the crew, the freezing over of the Yukon halted any further progress.

Barnette set out for Dawson by dogsled, but he arrived to find himself months too late: Every creek had been staked. Barnette took a job in Dawson managing mines for the North American Trading and Transportation Company. At NT&T, he made the acquaintance of an entrepreneur from Montana. Healy laid out a plan to build a railroad from Valdez, Alaska, to Eagle, what he called an "All-American Route" to the Klondike. Barnette came away with the idea of establishing a trading post at the halfway point, where the railroad would cross the Tanana River. Barnette imagined such a settlement could grow to become the "Chicago of Alaska". Barnette returned to Helena in 1898. In 1901, Barnette partnered with Charles Smith, an acquaintance from Circle, arranging for $20,000 in supplies to be shipped from San Francisco, California, to St. Michael. Back in Circle, he purchased the 124-foot steamer Arctic Boy, steaming down the Yukon to meet the cargo with the intention of carrying it back up the river to establish the trading post.

At St. Michael, the Arctic Boy was loaded with 130 tons of merchandise, but the steamer ran aground before reaching the mouth of the Yukon and had to be beached in order to save the cargo. Having no other means to transport the merchandise further and Smith sold it to local entrepreneurs, only to repurchase it when customs officer James H. Causten invested $6,000 in the enterprise in return for a third share of profits. Barnette and Smith used the $6,000 from Causten to hire Charles Adams, captain of the 150 foot sternwheeler, the Lavelle Young. Captain Adams agreed to carry the E. T. and Isabelle Barnette, Charles Smith, their employees and their cargo to the head of navigation of the Tanana River, at least as far as the Chena Slough. This was 200 miles short of Tanana Crossing, where Captain William R. Abercrombie had just completed the U. S. Army's trail between Eagle; the construction of the Valdez-Eagle Trail seemed to confirm Healy's vision of the "All-American Route" to the Klondike. But it was late in the year, when Alaska's glacier-fed rivers run shallow, Adams doubted that the laden steamer could make it that far.

In August 1901, the Lavelle Young set out from St. Michael. Late in the month, it reached the shallow Bates Rapids of the Tanana River and could proceed no further. Barnette convinced Adams to attempt a detour. Believing that it was possible to use the Chena River to bypass the Bates Rapids, Barnette directed Adams to return to the Chena Slough, but the plan failed when they ran up against sandbars only 6–8 miles above the mouth of the Chena River. Adams refused to proceed further. At 4 p.m. on August 26, the passengers and cargo were unloaded on a spruce-covered bluff on the south side of the river. "We left Barnette furious," Adams recalled. "His wife was weeping on the bank."Barnette's disappointment was somewhat relieved when an Italian prospector named Felice Pedroni and his partner Tom Gilmore arrived on the site and purchased a winter's worth of supplies, including beans and flour. Pedroni and Gilmore were working the Tanana Hills, searching for a creek that had yielded gold some years earlier, when they caught sight of smoke from the Lavelle Young.

Barnette and his crew set about constructing a temporary trading post consisting of two log buildings: A 26 by 54 foot store called "Barnette's Cache", a small cabin to serve as the Barnettes' residence. The buildings were raised on the site of what would become the heart of downtown Fairbanks, between Cowles Street and Cushman Street. Barnette named the post "Chenoa City." He decided continuing up river to Tanana Crossing the following summer. During the winter, Barnette sent Dan McCarty, one of his hired hands, to Valdez in order to escort Isabelle's brother, Frank J. Cleary, back to the post. McCarty and Cleary returned on February 20, 1902. Cleary was charged with taking care of the post while the Barnettes made a trip to Seattle to purchase additional supplies as well as a flat-bottomed boat capable of proceeding further up the Tanana. On March 10, E. T. and Isabelle set out by dogsled. In Seattle, Barnette purchased a boat he named Isabelle, ordering it shipped in pieces to St. Michael; the Isabelle was assembled to incorporate whatever machinery could be salvaged from the wrecked Arctic Boy.

While Barnette was in St. Michael, overseeing the process, he made the acquaintanc

Lago Boracifero, Monterotondo Marittimo

Lago Boracifero is a village in Tuscany, central Italy, administratively a frazione of the comune of Monterotondo Marittimo, province of Grosseto, in the area of Colline Metallifere. At the time of the 2001 census, its population was 51. Lago Boracifero is about 72 km from Grosseto and 7 km from Monterotondo Marittimo, it lies on the lake of the same name, known for its geysers; the geothermal power plant, with its wells, pipes for steam, the buildings of the workers' village, dating back to the early 20th century. Their task was to transform geothermal energy produced by the lake into electricity. Church of Madonna di Montenero, situated in the hamlet of Fattoria del Lago, it was built in 1853. Biancane Natural Park, a protected natural area where there is the presence of different types of geothermal manifestations such as geysers and steam emissions from the soil. Aldo Mazzolai, Guida della Maremma. Percorsi tra arte e natura, Le Lettere, Florence, 1997. Boracifero Lake Frassine Monterotondo Marittimo

Brockton City Hall

The city hall of Brockton, Massachusetts is located at 45 School Street. It is a predominantly brick 2-1/2 story building sited on an entire city block bounded by School Street, East Elm Street, City Hall Square; the Romanesque Revival structure was designed by local architect Wesley Lyng Minor, built in 1892-94. It has entrances on three sides, its most prominent feature is a five-story tower, decorated with terra cotta panels and topped by a steeply-pitched Gothic style hip roof. The east elevation has a three-story circular tower topped by a battlement, it was the first purpose-built building for housing the city's offices. The grand hall of the interior features murals depicting scenes of the American Civil War, painted by Richard Holland and Mortimer Lamb in 1893; the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. National Register of Historic Places listings in Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Southwest Golf Classic

The Southwest Golf Classic was a PGA Tour event played at Fairway Oaks Golf & Racquet Club in Abilene, from 1981 to 1988. The event had been known as the LaJet Classic when it began in 1981 and again in 1982. In 1983, the event was known as the LaJet Coors Classic and in 1984 it was known as the LaJet Golf Classic. From 1985 to 1987 it was known as the Southwest Golf Classic. In 1988, the tournament event was hosted by Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, was known as the Gatlin Brothers-Southwest Golf Classic. In 1989, the event became a Senior PGA Tour event, was renamed the Gatlin Brothers Southwest Senior Classic. 1981: Tom Weiskopf wins the inaugural version of the tournament. He finishes two shots ahead of Gil Morgan. 1982: Wayne Levi shoots a first round 64 on his way to a wire to wire victory by six shots over Thomas Gray. Raymond Floyd, engaged in a tight battle with Craig Stadler for that year's leading spot on the money list, left Abilene after shooting 146 for the first 36 holes thinking he would miss the cut.

By the time Floyd learned he had not missed the cut, he had returned to his home in Florida. Unable to make airline connections to meet his Saturday tee time, Floyd was forced to withdraw. 1986: Future 13-time winner and 1989 Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia notches his first PGA Tour title. He finishes three shots ahead of Tom Byrum. 1988: Tom Purtzer wins the last version of the tournament. He shoots a final round 64 before defeating Mark Brooks on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Tournament results at

James J. Montague

James Jackson Montague referred to as "Jim" or "Jimmy" Montague, was an American journalist and poet. Renowned as a "versifier," Montague is best known for his column "More Truth Than Poetry,", published in a wide number of newspapers for nearly 25 years. Montague's journalism career began in 1896 at the Portland Oregonian, where he started as a copy boy, he was soon promoted to reporter and took over the column "Slings and Arrows." In 1902 he was hired by William Randolph Hearst to work at the New York American and New York Evening Journal, where he debuted "More Truth Than Poetry." Montague wrote the column six days a week, in addition to articles on topics such as politics and sports. In 1919 he moved to the New York World, which described him as "the most circulated poet in the United States." In Montague's career, his whimsical pieces were carried by the Bell Syndicate. James Jackson Montague was born in Mason City, Iowa on April 16, 1873, the sixth child and third son of John Vose Wood Montague and Martha Washington Jackson.

The couple lost their first son in early childhood. In Mason City the father worked as a cashier of the First National Bank until it began to lose money in the recession of 1887; the family moved to Portland, where the father went into the insurance business. James J. Montague entered high school there, finishing in two years so he could go to work to help support the family, he never attended university, but he made up for his lack of formal education through a love of literature. In the memoir Memory Street, his son Richard wrote: "He was an omnivorous reader of the works of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Keats, Byron Burns"Montague first worked at lumber mill and a fish-freezing plant; when he heard there was an opening for an office boy at the Portland Oregonian, he was sufficiently interested in becoming a journalist that he offered to work without pay. In 1896, at age 23, he was hired as a "cub" reporter at a salary of $10 a week. Soon after, the writer of an Oregonian column titled "Slings and Arrows" died, Montague was offered the opportunity to take it over.

His version of the column, which included comic verse, was considered "an immediate success."In 1898, at age 25, Montague married Helen L. Hageny of Portland, Oregon, their first child, was born in 1900. Two years Montague's writing attracted the attention of publisher William Randolph Hearst through New York Evening Journal cartoonist Homer Davenport, who had worked at the Oregonian before moving to New York in 1895. Through an agent, Hearst offered Montague a position in New York City but he declined, preferring to remain in Portland. Hearst was insistent and the writer named what he thought was a prohibitive price, $60 a week — double his salary at the time — and was "flabbergasted" when it was accepted. In 1902, his wife, son moved to New York, where he began work for Hearst, his daughter Doris, born that year, stayed behind with Montague's mother, who followed. The family lived in a Manhattan boardinghouse moved to number of rented houses in New Rochelle where their second son, James Lee Montague, was born.

They built their own house at 204 Drake Avenue, moving in around 1904. In New York, Montague's work appeared in both New York Evening Journal, he produced a poetry column six times a week, in addition to writing a wide range of articles on politics and theater. During his working life, he compiled many binders of his work. Of these, the vast majority are his poetry column; the New York Times referred to Montague as a "twentieth-century bard," while W. O. McGeehan editor of the New York Herald Tribune, said he "took the passing laughter of the day and sent it singing through a typewriter to the presses so that millions could catch its rhythm and understand." To Montague's dislike, his work was confused with that of Edgar Guest or James Whitcomb Riley, both of whom were popular during the same period. While Montague was best known as the writer of "More Truth than Poetry," he served as an editor at the Hearst papers when required. One of his tasks was completing an "autobiography" of Buffalo Bill Cody, The Great West That Was: "Buffalo Bill's" Life Story, serialized in Hearst's International Magazine from August 1916 to July 1917.

During the time Montague was working on the manuscript, Cody was a frequent visitor to the writer's New Rochelle home, "usually just in time for lunch or dinner." This friendliness ended when an installment of the autobiography characterized Wild Bill Hickok as a "bandit," something Cody hadn't approved of and didn't appreciate. As Montague's son Richard wrote in his memoir: "Father claimed that re-armed himself with his old six guns and was stalking our sire with intent to kill. For several weeks after that we kids lived in delicious dread half-believing that father was in deadly danger; when we went out on a walk with him he'd send us on ahead to look around corners and behind trees to see if Bill Cody was waiting in ambush. The fact that he wasn't only made it more that he would be there next time, but he never was." By this time the circulation wars between the Hearst and Pulitzer papers were past their "yellow journalism" zenith of the late 1800s, but the two continued to battle for market share and talent.

Montague had been recruited by Hearst in 1902, now The World came calling. On June 15, 1919, the paper announced that Montague would join them, b