Matador, Texas

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Matador is a town in and the county seat of Motley County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 740 at the 2000 census. In 1891, it was established by and named for the Matador ranch.



The Matador Ranch was founded in 1879 by a Scottish Business Syndicate, and a post office opened in 1886, named Matador.

At the end of the 19th Century, townspeople freed the community from the domination by the Matador Ranch by moving in non-ranch families and electing their own officials.

The community was incorporated in 1912 and made the county seat. The town was formed and named the county seat without actually being a town. The government required that a town have at least 20 businesses so the local ranch hands set up fake and very temporary businesses using ranch supplies to supplement the only real business, a saloon. (from the book All Over The Map by David Jouris)

The highest population occurred in 1940: 1,302.


Matador is located at 34°0′50″N 100°49′18″W / 34.01389°N 100.82167°W / 34.01389; -100.82167 (34.013996, -100.821646)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

Matador is at the junction on conjoined US Route 62 and US Route 70 and Texas State Highway 70.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 740 people, 308 households, and 222 families residing in the town. The population density was 569.5 people per square mile (219.8/km²). There were 395 housing units at an average density of 304.0/sq mi (117.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.92% White, 5.68% African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.27% Pacific Islander, 6.76% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.24% of the population.

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