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On October 11, 1902, Ambrose A. Plotner and John W. Stoddard purchased a tract of land known as the Kemp pasture. They formed the Colonial Land Company, which founded Wadsworth – named for William Wadsworth, an early settler in the area. The community became a stop on the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad and a post office was established in 1907. The population was estimated at 150 in 1914. That figure had risen to nearly 925 in 1925. By the 1930s, Wadsworth had its own school district.
The community went into decline and by 1940, the population had fallen to 400. Wadsworth's school was consolidated with Bay City in 1949. In 1990, approximately 152 people lived in Wadsworth. By 2000, that number had risen slightly to 160.
Although it is unincorporated, Wadsworth has a post office, with the ZIP code of 77483. The Talasek Construction Company, a custom home builder, is headquartered in Wadsworth. There are also two convenience stores in the community.
Public education in the community of Wadsworth is provided by the Bay City Independent School District. Included Bay City High School, higher education is available at the Wharton County Junior College in Bay City, Texas.
Many of the residents in Wadsworth, Texas are nondenominational Christians, The ALFC (Abundant Life Fellowship Church) which is nondenominational, started out in Wadsworth but later moved to the southern boundaries of Bay City, TX. Among dominant religions: Catholic Christian, Baptist, Methodist, and Lutheran. Wadsworth, Texas is made up by mostly White (Non-Hispanic) people. The Wadsworth community has a very southern atmosphere. In terms of politics, Wadsworth is predominantly Conservative Republican. In the 2009 elections the people of this municipality voted for Arizona Senator John McCain (R) for president. In this community there is minimal discrimination against the Mexican, Black, and Asian population (the minorities) which is why very few minorities live in this community. Moving from a metropolitan area to a community like Wadsworth is often difficult because of the lack of public activities.
Wadsworth and other municipalities in Matagorda County are served by the Matagorda Regional Medical Center.
As of one thing there is no doctors or hospitals in the community of Wadsworth, Texas for medical emergency ambulances come from the nearby municipality of Bay City, Texas equipped with a trauma center that is not equipped to handle severe injuries. Living in Wadsworth for elder people can be dangerous because Bay City ambulances must travel 25 minutes to get to the Wadsworth community.
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