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Mathis is a city in San Patricio County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,034 at the 2000 census.In 1887, when the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad was laying tracks across San Patricio County, Thomas H. Mathis received naming rights when he donated 300acre for a townsite and school. Mathis and his brother J. M. Mathis, held 37,000acre in the vicinity. The brothers had dropped out of the Coleman, Mathis, Fulton Cattle Company in 1879. Thomas Mathis owned an additional 60,000acre around Mathis and built a fence enclosing the town. As late as 1906, Mathis was enclosed and arriving and departing trains had to be let in and out.Mathis' success was partially fueled by residents of Lagarto moving to be near the railroad. The Mathis post office opened in 1890 and the towns first school was held in a private residence in 1893. Two years later, a one-room school was built and in 1913 a second railroad (The San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Pacific) arrived.Cotton and corn crops were raised and ranching was an important part of the economy. During the 1930s, winter vegetable crops were grown and both railroads maintained shipping sheds. Mathis incorporated in 1939.In the early 1950s, 7,000acre of land two miles (3 km) north of town were developed for vegetable crops - complete with irrigation and deep water wells. Cotton, corn and sorghum replaced vegetables in the 1960s.In the 1930s, the Nueces River was dammed and Lake Mathis (since renamed Lake Corpus Christi) was formed. Construction of the Wesley Seale Dam in the late 1950s raised the level of the lake to where it became desirable for weekend homes. In 1988, Mathis had a population of 5,910 which has since decreased to 5,034.Lake Corpus Christi (Lake Mathis)Lake Corpus Christi is a 21,000acre reservoir on the Nueces River, lying four miles southwest of Mathis. The lake is a recreational spot in South Texas offering swimming, skiing, boating and fishing. Large areas of submerged brush in the upper reaches of this 27mi-long lake provide prime fish habitat. All fishing is good; however it is noted for its excellent catfish-channels, flatheads and blues; the record is a flathead weighing 60 pounds. Also noted for its white, black and striped bass; perch and crappie. The record largemouth bass is 13.5 pounds.
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