Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Parks Division:

An Inventory of the Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse Architectural Drawings and Engineering Maps at the Texas State Archives, 1863-1974, undated, bulk 1962-1973



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Parks Division.
Title: Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps
Dates: 1863-1974, undated
Dates: bulk 1962-1973
Abstract: The State Parks division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. These records represent the Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Matagorda Island Lighthouse, which are managed by TPWD. Types of records include architectural drawings and engineering maps for various repairs and improvements to the air force base and lighthouse. Dates covered are 1863-1974, and undated, bulk 1962-1973.
Quantity: 94 drawings
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's wildlife and fish resources; provision of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public; acquisition, development, and operation of wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, state parks, historic sites, and other public lands; conservation education and outreach; cultural and historical interpretation; and the regulation of fishing, hunting, and boating activities. The Department is composed of 11 major divisions which carry out the functions and duties of the agency: Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Communications, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure, Administrative Resources, Legal, Information Technology, and Human Resources.

The State Parks division protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD, which includes 119 state parks, historic sites, and natural areas. The division also provides planning assistance and administers matching grants to local communities and counties for park acquisition and development, public boat ramps and other facilities, and outreach.

The Wildlife division manages and conserves all the state's wildlife resources. Its responsibilities include wildlife planning, research, inventorying wildlife resources, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, operating and managing 52 wildlife management areas, and assisting with the management of 123 state parks. The division also uses state-owned and operated lands to conduct wildlife research, field tours, seminars, wildlife management operations, and offers public access to these lands for public hunting and other recreational and educational uses.

The Parks and Wildlife Department is governed by the Parks and Wildlife Commission, initially composed of three members, increased to six members in 1972, and as of 1983, nine members, appointed by the governor with approval of the senate. Members serve six-year overlapping terms. The Commission chairperson is appointed biennially by the governor. The Commission meets quarterly or more often as needed. Its chief responsibility is to adopt policies and rules to carry out TPWD programs.

The Department had its beginnings in 1879 when the legislature authorized the governor to appoint a fish commissioner to ensure compliance with an act for the preservation of fish and to build fish ways and fish ladders (Chapter 92, 16th Texas Legislature, Regular Session). In 1881 the Office of the Fish Commissioner was established (Chapter 78, 17th Legislature, Regular Session). It was created for the "propagation and preservation of fish and to build fish-ways and fish-ladders…," and existed through 1885. In 1895, the Office of the Fish and Oyster Commissioner was created (House Bill 55, 24th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1907, protection of wild birds and wild game was added to the responsibilities of that office, which became the Office of the Game, Fish and Oyster Commissioner (House Bill 379, 30th Legislature, Regular Session). The agency became the Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission (Senate Bill 83, 41st Legislature, Regular Session) in 1929, and in 1951, the name was changed yet again to the Texas Game and Fish Commission and the size of the board was increased to nine members (Senate Bill 463, 52nd Legislature, Regular Session).

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 (Senate Bill 73, 38th Legislature, First Called Session) to investigate prospective park sites in the state and report to the legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. This board was to begin locating sites for the establishment of the state parks system. It directed and managed state parks created, except for the historical parks which were managed by the Board of Control and/or several separate commissions. The board was charged with locating, designating, and marking historic grounds, battlegrounds, and other historic sites in the state, and erecting markers and monuments at such sites. The board also had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties. The primary function of the board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. In 1933, federal funds became available for state park development and the board worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Park Service for the development of better park sites for a state parks system. The CCC provided labor during the 1930s to improve state park lands and facilities. In 1949, all state historical parks were transferred to the State Parks Board, except for the San Jacinto Battlefield, the Battleship Texas, and the Fannin Battlefield, which were still controlled by their respective commissions (House Bill 120, 51st Legislature, Regular Session). Jurisdiction over the Fannin and San Jacinto Battlefields was transferred to TPWD in 1965 (House Bill 102, 59th Legislature, Regular Session). Battleship Texas was transferred to TPWD in 1983 (House Bill 586, 68th Legislature, Regular Session).

In 1963, the State Parks Board and the Game and Fish Commission merged to form the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (House Bill 21, 58th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1967, the Historic Structures and Sites Act was passed (House Bill 58, 60th Legislature, Regular Session), charging the Department with stewardship of the state's cultural heritage sites. In 1983, the legislature passed the Wildlife Conservation Act (Senate Bill 94, 68th Legislature, Regular Session), which gave the agency the authority to manage fish and wildlife resources in all Texas counties.

In 1847 Congress appropriated $15,000 to build the Matagorda Island Lighthouse and construction began in 1852, making this the first operational lighthouse on the Texas coast. In December 1862, Confederate soldiers removed and buried the lens in an attempt to damage the lighthouse prior to Union occupation. This led to the dismantlement of the lighthouse in 1865. In 1872 Congress appropriated $32,000 to rebuild the lighthouse and by 1873, the lighthouse was once again operational. After many natural disasters and renovations throughout the years, the Matagorda Island Lighthouse became the last operational lighthouse in Texas after the closing of the Port Aransas lighthouse in 1952. In 1966, the last keeper of the lighthouse was discharged and the U.S. Coast Guard took over maintenance until 1977 when the light was extinguished and the lighthouse lens was moved to the Calhoun County Museum in Port Lavaca. In 1984, the lighthouse was entered into the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.

In 1942, the state of Texas leased all of Matagorda Island to the federal government for the construction of a military base. Initial construction of the military base began in 1942. The Army Corps of Engineers helped in construction of the Matagorda General Bombing and Gunnery Range in 1943. After construction was completed, the Air Training Command of the U.S. Army Air Corps gained custody of the Matagorda Island military base and range for the remainder of World War II. After World War II ended, the base was deactivated but returned to duty in February 1949 prior to the Korean conflict. The base was then transferred to the custody of the Strategic Air Command and renamed as the Matagorda Island Air Force base. The base was used for training for various branches of the U.S. Air Force and Army throughout the 1950s. By 1960, most training programs on Matagorda Island had ceased, but the base was not officially deactivated until the mid-1970s.

After deactivation, the 25,000 acres of state-leased land were given back to Texas for the creation of the Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area in 1979, with management of the park given to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This left 19,000 acres to be returned to the federal government for use as a wildlife refuge, and the remaining 11,500 acres to be reverted for private use. In 1982, the state of Texas and the U.S. Department of the Interior created a plan to aid in the supervision of Matagorda Island. The agreement did not involve the transfer of land but rather a transfer of conservation easements. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was given the role of habitat management while TPWD was given the authority to supervise public access and use of the entire 44,000 acres of state and federally owned land. The only remaining land that was not publicly owned on the island was purchased in 1986 by the Texas Nature Conservancy and officially acquired by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1988. This made Matagorda Island the first island in Texas to be completely under public control.

(Sources include: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "Texas Parks and Wildlife Department", Handbook of Texas Online; and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, all accessed on August 01, 2014.)


Scope and Content of the Records

The State Parks division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. The Department currently manages the land previously occupied by the Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse. Matagorda Island is a barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico that was leased by the federal government as an air force base. These records were created to aid in the construction and subsequent repairs of the Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse. Types of records include architectural drawings and engineering maps for various types of repairs and improvements. The records are comprised of both original drawings as well as copies. The original drawings were used by engineers in the field when making repairs and improvements to different structures on the island. The majority of the plans and drawings are for Matagorda Island Air Force Base, but a few plans are present for Port O'Connor Pier and the Matagorda Island Lighthouse, both federal military facilities that were transferred to the state of Texas. Dates covered are 1863-1974, and undated, bulk 1962-1973.


 

Organization of the Records

The records are organized in two series: Matagorda Island Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps, and the Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps. The latter is further subdivided into three subseries, according to the subject matter of the material.
Matagorda Island Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps, 1868-1956, undated, 18 items
Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps, 1942-1974, undated, 76 items
  • Utility plans, 1943-1974, undated, bulk 1961-1966, 18 items
  • Building plans, 1942-1965, undated, bulk 1962-1965, 31 items
  • Repair plans, 1962-1972, undated, bulk 1962, 1965, 27 items

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

All of the architectural drawings and engineering maps are too large to photocopy.


Index Terms

Corporate Names:
Texas. State Parks Board.
Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Subjects:
Air bases--Texas.
Places:
Matagorda Island (Tex.)--Public lands.
Matagorda Island Air Force Range (Tex.).
Document Types:
Engineering maps--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1905-1986.
Architectural drawings--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1905-1986.
Transparencies--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1905-1986.
Utility plans--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1943-1974.
Building plans--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1942-1965.
Repair plans--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1962-1972.
Site plans--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1942-1974.
Specifications--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--1942-1974.
Functions:
Maintaining public lands.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1962, bulk 1933-1949, 25 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section deed files, 1848-1994, undated (not inclusive), bulk 1928-1963, 9.12 cubic ft.
Governor Elisha Marshall Pease records of his third term, 1865-1869, bulk 1867-1869, 3.25 cubic ft.
Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1962, about 1970-1999, 2001, bulk 1988-1997, 21.25 cubic ft.
Attorney General Price Daniel Records at the Texas State Archives, 1934, 1938-1941, 1944-1962, 1969-1970, 1978, 1986-1987, bulk 1947-1952, approximately 60 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, State Parks Division records, 1905-1990, bulk 1927-1986, 30.68 cubic ft.
Texas Historical Commission Architecture Division records, 1981-2008, 23.96 cubic ft.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., Papers, 1921-1998, 2687 cubic feet
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University
Center for Historic Preservation and Technology Records, 1833-1995, undated, 73 boxes and oversized material (73 linear feet)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2007/118

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) on March 12, 2007.

The Department procured the documents pertaining to the Matagorda Island Air Force base from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who in turn had received them from Strategic Air Command, a part of the U.S. Air Force specifically charged with control of land-based strategic bombers. Strategic Air Command acquired the documents from the U.S. Air Corps, who had previously received these materials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the original creator of the bulk of the materials. The remaining materials that relate directly to the Matagorda Island Lighthouse were originally in the possession of the U.S. Coast Guard and acquired by TPWD when it began management of the island in 1982.

Processing Information

Collection initially inventoried by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff, 2007

Collection processing, preservation of materials, DACS-compliant finding aid and EAD completed by Rachel Panella and Antoinette Yost of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information, spring 2014

Corrections to finding aid by Aditi Worcester, August 2014


Detailed Description of Records

 

Matagorda Island Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps, 1868-1956, undated,
18 items

These architectural drawings and engineering maps demonstrate the long history of renovations made to the Matagorda Island Lighthouse over the course of the last 100 years, and date 1868-1956, and undated. Included are architectural drawings dealing with repairs and renovations, and engineering maps for the relocation of the lighthouse, as well as information regarding the lifeboat stations. The drawings begin in 1868 with initial sketches of the tower, along with proposed additions for towers already located along the Matagorda Peninsula, such as Decros and Bolivar Points. They continue with drawings of specific dwellings for both the keepers of the light and their assistants located within the light station. There are also several drawings of the ball-bearing chariot and cage along with drawings of the lantern and its subsequent repairs in 1914. Drawings of the surrounding area owned by the U.S. Coast Guard include other nearby ports and radio beacons that would have been used by the Matagorda Island keepers of the light during their time at the lighthouse. The Matagorda Island Lighthouse has had numerous repairs and is now a registered historic landmark.
Historical Note
In 1847 Congress appropriated $15,000 to build the Matagorda Island Lighthouse and construction began in 1852, making this the first operational lighthouse on the Texas coast. In December 1862, Confederate soldiers removed and buried the lens in an attempt to damage the lighthouse prior to Union occupation. This led to the dismantlement of the lighthouse in 1865. In 1872 Congress appropriated $32,000 to rebuild the lighthouse and by 1873, the lighthouse was once again operational. After many natural disasters and renovations throughout the years, the Matagorda Island Lighthouse became the last operational lighthouse in Texas after the closing of the Port Aransas lighthouse in 1952. In 1966, the last keeper of the lighthouse was discharged and the U.S. Coast Guard took over maintenance until 1977 when the light was extinguished and the lighthouse lens was moved to the Calhoun County Museum in Port Lavaca. In 1984, the lighthouse was entered into the National Registry of Historic Landmarks.
(Sources include: Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "Texas Parks and Wildlife Department", Handbook of Texas Online; and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, all accessed on August 1, 2014; and the records themselves.)
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Matagorda Island Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps, Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Drawer Folder
Map Drawer 1 2007/118-01
Sketch of tower with proposed additions for Bolivar Point and Matagorda, Texas, Sheet #1, March 7, 1868
1 2007/118-02
Details of proposed additions the lighthouses at Bolivar Point and Matagorda, TX, panel of cylindrical addition, Sheet #2, undated
1 2007/118-03
Details of proposed additions to the lighthouses at Bolivar Point and Matagorda, TX, November 7, 1868
1 2007/118-04
Matagorda lighthouse, TX, tracing sketched by L.W. Tillbergh - Engineering Office, Eighth Lighthouse District, Mobile, AL, July 27, 1872
1 2007/118-05
Entrance to Matagorda Bay, TX, proposed range lights for Decros Point - Office Lighthouse Engineer, Eighth District, Mobile, AL, December 22, 1875
1 2007/118-06
Matagorda Light Station, TX (copy of plan) - Office of the Lighthouse Engineer, New Orleans, LA, August 31, 1887
2 2007/118-07
Matagorda lighthouse, TX, ball bearing cage ring - Office of the Superintendent of Lighthouses, Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, August 31, 1887
2 2007/118-08
Matagorda Light Station, specifications of ball bearing chariot, one quarter plan - Office of Superintendent of Lighthouses, Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, February 7, 1919
2 2007/118-09
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) chart - New Orleans District, drawing, smaller map, June 13, 1939
2 2007/118-10
Matagorda Light Station, TX, installation of 300mm electric service lantern on stand - U.S. Coast Guard maintenance, New Orleans, LA, November 12, 1943
2 2007/118-11
Port Isabel Lifeboat Station, radio beacon ground system - U.S. Coast Guard Chief of Division of Engineering, September 12, 1951
2 2007/118-12
Matagorda Island Air Force Range reservation, Segment "A" - Department of the Army Office of the Galveston District Engineer Southwestern Division. Project #3300, drawing #N/A, July 23, 1953
3 2007/118-13
Matagorda Light Station - plot plan, U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, Civil Engineering Department, March 23, 1954
3 2007/118-14
Matagorda Light Station, installation of station generator, detail of engine foundation - U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, September 24, 1956
3 2007/118-15
Matagorda Island, Matagorda Light Station, painting repairs elevation and details, bird screen details - U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, September 24, 1956
3 2007/118-16
Matagorda Light Station, installation of station generator, detail of engine foundation - U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, September 24, 1956
3 2007/118-17
Office of the Lighthouse Inspector, Eighth District, New Orleans, LA, materials and tools for repairs to lantern and railing, Matagorda Light Station, TX, No. 47, undated
3 2007/118-18
Drawing / design (copy), temporary structure for site of Brazos Santiago Lighthouse, undated



 

Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps, 1942-1974, undated,
76 items

During the time period covered by these records, the State Parks division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) investigated potential land acquisitions for state parks, historic sites, and natural areas, negotiated and prepared contracts for the donation or purchase of land, researched title information, constructed new park facilities and made renovations and repairs to existing facilities. These records are site plans and specifications of federal military facilities that were transferred to the state of Texas when it took over management of Matagorda Island Air Force Base and surrounding public lands in 1983. The records consist of engineering drawings and maps for various types of repairs and improvements to Matagorda Island Air Force Base, dating 1942-1974, and undated. The majority of the drawings and maps are for Matagorda Island Air Force Base, but a few plans document the Port O'Connor Pier. Types of improvements, repairs, and rehabilitations detailed in the plans include constructing support facilities; repairing features in the dining areas, the educational center, the operations buildings, the hangars and other buildings; installing a submarine cable; making changes to the runways and facilities on the gunnery and bombing range; and repairing cargo piers, sanitary sewer systems, roads, water mains, and fire hydrants. Some of the structures for which these plans were drawn have since been destroyed. Several of the plans have listed either Bergstrom Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command or Carswell Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, in the title area. Plans of the base, and a few maps of the base and surrounding area, are present.
Historical Note
Matagorda Island became part of the state park system as a result of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of the Interior and the state of Texas. The agreement was approved in December 1982 and passed into law in March 1983 (Senate Bill 249, 68th Texas Legislature, Regular Session). The agreement stated that Matagorda Island and the surrounding wildlife management area, consisting of public lands surrounding the island, were to be managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area consists of 56,688 acres of offshore barrier island and bayside marshes that are operated as a wildlife management area, jointly owned by the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and cooperatively managed as the Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area. The Department manages the area for public use and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the main responsibility for managing the wildlife and habitat on the island.
(Sources include: Christopher Long, "Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area", Handbook of Texas Online; and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, all accessed on August 4, 2014; and the records themselves.)
Arrangement
The items are organized into three subseries: Utility plans, Building plans, and Repair plans. Items within each subseries are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps, Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Utility plans, 1943-1974, undated, bulk 1961-1966,
18 items
The records consist of engineering drawings depicting various utility systems on Matagorda Island. The bulk of the drawings are master plans documenting utilities such as potable and non-potable water, electrical distribution, and sewage systems. Plans were used in the construction and maintenance of the Matagorda Island Air Force Base and date from 1943 to 1974, and undated, with the bulk dating 1961-1966. The earliest plan was drawn for the bombing and gunnery range, a part of the air force base.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Utility plans, Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps, Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Drawer Folder
Map Drawer 4 2007/118-19
Bombing and Gunnery Range, Matagorda Island, TX, details of water gathering system, file #39-FC-99, March 1943
4 2007/118-20
Strategic Air Command (SAC) Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, electrical distribution O.H. Plan, drawing #MI-E-146, December 1, 1961
4 2007/118-21
U.S. Air Force Grounds Electronics Engineering Installation Agency, Matagorda AFRGE (Air Force Range Ground Electronics?), TX, base administration cable system and cable pressurization, drawing #20-NA230011040062, June, 1962
[Sheet 1 of 4]
[Remaining sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
4 2007/118-22
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan distilled water system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 2 of 2]
[Remaining sheet is missing as of April 2014.]
4 2007/118-23
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan distilled water system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 2 of 2]
[Remaining sheet is missing as of April 2014.]
4 2007/118-24
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan electrical distribution system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 1 of 1]
5 2007/118-25
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan natural gas system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 2 of 2]
[Remaining sheet is missing as of April 2014.]
5 2007/118-26
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan natural gas system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 2 of 2]
[Remaining sheet is missing as of April 2014.]
5 2007/118-27
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan non-potable water system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 1 of 2]
[Remaining sheet is missing as of April 2014.]
5 2007/118-28
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan non-potable water system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 1 of 2]
[Remaining sheet is missing as of April 2014.]
5 2007/118-29
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan sanitary sewage system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 1 of 3]
5 2007/118-30
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan sanitary sewage system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 2 of 3]
6 2007/118-31
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan sanitary sewage system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 3 of 3]
6 2007/118-32
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan storm drainage system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 1 of 2]
6 2007/118-33
Department of the Air Force Strategic Air Command, master plan storm drainage system, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, August 8, 1966
[Sheet 1 of 2]
6 2007/118-34
Strategic Air Command Civil Engineering, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, various facilities (cathodic protection) details, drawing #CRS 2729, May 13, 1968
[Sheet 6 of 6]
6 2007/118-35
Carswell Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, various facilities (cathodic protection), composite layout of underground utilities, utilities/well/utility lines layout drawing #2729, undated
6 2007/118-36
Strategic Air Command Barksdale Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, liquefied petroleum gas distribution system, replacement of gas piping, drawing #BRK 016-74, April 26, 1974
Building plans, 1942-1965, undated, bulk 1962-1965,
31 items
The records include building plans, transparencies, and building elevation attributes for various structures on the Matagorda Island Air Force Base, dating 1942-1965, undated, bulk dating 1962-1965. Structures include the bombing and gunnery range, airplane hangar, and multi-purpose buildings. Some plans represent buildings that would have been used by air force staff based on the island, such as the drawings detailing the kitchen and mess hall. The transparencies are taped onto the existing drawings and represent additions that were to be made to the buildings.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Building plans, Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps, Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Drawer Folder
Map Drawer 7 2007/118-37
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island, TX, Bombing and Gunnery Range, drawing #MGA-MP-003, April 3, 1942
7 2007/118-38
Department of the Army, Office of the Galveston District, undated
7 2007/118-39
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, base layout, drawing #MGA-G-070, December 7, 1961
[Sheet 1 of 3]
7 2007/118-40
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, base layout, drawing #MGA-G-070, December 7, 1961
[Sheet 2 of 3]
7 2007/118-41
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, base layout, drawing #MGA-G-070, December 7, 1961
[Sheet 3 of 3]
7 2007/118-42
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair squadron headquarters (multi-purpose) building T-183 plans, elevations and finish schedule, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 4 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
8 2007/118-43
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair squadron headquarters (multi-purpose) building T-183 plans, elevations and finish schedule, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 6 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
8 2007/118-44
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair hangar maintenance shop, building T-55, floor, framing, roof plans, elevations, finish schedule and DETS drawing #MGA-B-488, undated
[Sheet 7 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
8 2007/118-45
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair hangar maintenance org. building T-55, elevations and sections, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 8 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
8 2007/118-46
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair hangar maintenance org. building T-55, elevations and sections, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 9 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
8 2007/118-47
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair auto maintenance shop, plan, elevations finish schedule and details, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 10 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
8 2007/118-48
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair CE (civil engineering?) maintenance shop building T-60, plan, elevations and finish schedule, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 11 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
9 2007/118-49
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair dormitory AMN (multi-purpose) buildings T-125, T-127 and T-188 plans, elevations and finish schedule building T-127, drawing #MGA-B-488, undated
[Sheet 15 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
9 2007/118-50
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair dining hall, AMN building T-152 floor plan, finish and kitchen equipment schedule, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 17 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
9 2007/118-51
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair dining hall, AMN building T-152, interior and exterior elevations, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 18 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
9 2007/118-52
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair OQ (officer's quarters?), men, building T-189, plans, elevations and finish schedule, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 19 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
9 2007/118-53
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair open mess, NCO (non-commissioned officers?) building T-186 plan, elevations and finish schedule, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 20 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
9 2007/118-54
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair educational center (multi-purpose) building T-5, plans, sections and finish schedule, projection room plan, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 21 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
10 2007/118-55
Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair educational center (multi-purpose) building T-5, elevations and details, drawing #MGA-B-488, March 15, 1962
[Sheet 22 of 77]
[There are 77 sheets in this grouping. Several are missing as of April 2014.]
10 2007/118-56
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, construct RBS (radar bomb scoring?) support facilities for QRC-207A (quick reaction capability?) and AN/GPQ-T6, drawing #MGA-B-493, November 15, 1965
[Sheet 1 of 4]
10 2007/118-57
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, construct RBS (radar bomb scoring?) support facilities for QRC-207A (quick reaction capability?) and AN/GPQ-T6, drawing #MGA-B-493, November 15, 1965
[Sheet 2 of 4]
10 2007/118-58
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, construct RBS (radar bomb scoring?) support facilities for QRC-207A (quick reaction capability?) and AN/GPQ-T6, drawing #MGA-B-493, November 15, 1965
[Sheet 3 of 4]
10 2007/118-59
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, construct RBS (radar bomb scoring?) support facilities for QRC-207A (quick reaction capability?) and AN/GPQ-T6, drawing #MGA-B-493, November 15, 1965
[Sheet 4 of 4]
10 2007/118-60
JP-4 fuel storage, October 22, 1970
11 2007/118-61
Department of the Air Force, Strategic Air Command, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, master base plan, tab no. C-1, January 1, 1974
[Sheet 1 of 4]
[Sheets 2-4 are missing as of April 2014.]
11 2007/118-62
Strategic Air Command, Department of Air Force, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, master plan real estate map, tract no. listings tab #C-4, undated
11 2007/118-63
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, modify POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant?) facility T-66, project #MGA 64-1, undated
[Sheet 2 of 3]
[Remaining sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
11 2007/118-64
Activity center floor transparency, undated
11 2007/118-65
Group center building, T-183, transparency, undated
11 2007/118-66
Interpretive building transparency, undated
11 2007/118-67
Utilities transparency, undated
Repair plans, 1962-1972, undated, bulk 1962, 1965,
27 items
The records consist of repair plans for electrical systems and structures on the base, including the airfield. The drawings are labeled as both repair and maintenance and span across the entire base. Records of particular interest include the Master Disaster Preparedness Plan and its revision in 1973; also of note are the other emergency-related drawings, such as the fire alarm plot plan. These records span from 1962 to 1972, with the bulk of the drawings focusing on the electrical transmission lines in 1962 and the repairs to Port O'Connor in 1965.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Repair plans, Matagorda Island Air Force Base architectural drawings and engineering maps, Matagorda Island Air Force Base and Lighthouse architectural drawings and engineering maps. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Drawer Folder
Map Drawer 12 2007/118-68
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair electrical transmission, drawing #N/A, 1962
12 2007/118-69
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair electrical, transmission and distribution lines, transmission line details, drawing #MI-E-061, February 20, 1962
[Sheet 2 of 5]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
12 2007/118-70
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair electrical, transmission and distribution lines, submarine cable crossing of details, drawing MI-E-061, February 20, 1962
[Sheet 3 of 5]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
12 2007/118-71
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair electrical, transmission and distribution lines, electrical distribution O.H. details, drawing #MI-E-061, February 20, 1962
[Sheet 5 of 5]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
12 2007/118-72
Strategic Air Command, Shreveport, LA, Matagorda Island, TX, repair potable water system, drawing #MGA-U-026, March 8, 1962
12 2007/118-73
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair of non-potable water mains and fire hydrants, drawing #MGA-W-042, November 2, 1964
13 2007/118-74
Strategic Air Command, Civil Engineering, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, repair roads and park vehicles, non-original location, drawing #2752, November 21, 1968
[Sheet 2 of 2]
[Sheet 1 is missing as of April 2014.]
13 2007/118-75
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island, TX, emergency repair underground distribution line drawing #MGA-E-142, undated
13 2007/118-76
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, maintain electric transmission line detail sheet, drawing #MGA-E-143, December 30, 1964
[Sheet 5 of 5]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
13 2007/118-77
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, maintain electric transmission line, detail sheet drawing #MGA-E-143, undated
[Sheet 5 of 5]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
13 2007/118-78
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo pier drawing #N/A, undated
13 2007/118-79
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 1 of 4]
14 2007/118-80
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 1 of 4]
14 2007/118-81
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 2 of 4]
14 2007/118-82
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 2 of 4]
14 2007/118-83
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 2 of 4]
14 2007/118-84
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 3 of 4]
14 2007/118-85
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 3 of 4]
15 2007/118-86
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, repair cargo piers, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor plot plans, drawing #MGA-ST-082, September 13, 1965
[Sheet 4 of 4]
15 2007/118-87
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, maintenance airfield pavement (replace hot mix, joint seal, seal coat, remark), taxiway and runway layout drawing #MGA-PRU-046, undated
[Sheet 2 of 4]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
15 2007/118-88
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, maintenance airfield pavement (replace hot mix, joint seal, seal coat, remark), joint details, typical cross-sections of NE-SW runway, apron layout drawing #MGA-PRU-046, undated
[Sheet 3 of 4]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
15 2007/118-89
Strategic Air Command, Civil Engineering, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, replace submarine cable with O.H., project #MGA 17-8, January 16, 1968
[Sheet 1 of 3]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
15 2007/118-90
Strategic Air Command, civil engineering, Matagorda Island, replace submarine cable with O.H. detail poles / location map, drawing #CRS 2783, January 16, 1968
[Sheet 1 of 3]
[Some sheets are missing from original inventory.]
15 2007/118-91
Strategic Air Command, civil engineering, Matagorda Island, replace submarine cable with O.H. pole schedule / structure drawings, drawing #CRS 2783, January 16, 1968
[Sheet 2 of 3]
[Some sheets are missing as of April 2014.]
16 2007/118-92
Strategic Air Command, civil engineering, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, fire alarm system plot plan, building location plan, drawing #MGA – E.3, February 9, 1972
16 2007/118-93
Strategic Air Command, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, master plan, disaster preparedness plan table, no. C-1.2, January 1, 1973
16 2007/118-94
Strategic Air Command, Department of Air Force, Matagorda Island Air Force Range, TX, master plan disaster preparedness plan, drawing #C-1, January 1, 1973