“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Skidmore in Bee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Aransas Creek Settlers

Aransas Creek Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
1. Aransas Creek Settlers Marker
Inscription. Earliest known residents were Karankawa Indians who named creek. On this stream was one of the most famous ranches in early Texas, occupied in 1805 by Don Martin de Leon, who in 1824 founded Victoria. In 1830's Irish colonists came by way of Copano Bay, settling downcreek. Anglo-Americans from older settlements, came by road and trail, stopping mainly upcreek. Stockraising,trucking, and freighting provided livelihoods in the rich, new prairie land.
In 1850 Patrick Fadden sold to Ft. Merrill corn and vegetables from 1835 land grant of his uncle, Father John Thomas Malloy. Fadden and W.R. Hayes freighted supplies to settlers in 1860's. Hays had early post office in his home, 1870; was county judge 1876-92. John Wilson, an 1850's upcreek settler, brought first Durham cattle to country; built one of first wooden fences, enclosing 600 acres of homesite with rough heart pine plank.
On creek's north bank stood ranch of Frank O. Skidmore, founder of Skidmore, who gained fame for building first barbed wire fence and windmill in county. He promoted breeding of registered Herefords and in 1886 gave much of right-of-way to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad.
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Survey Commission. (Marker Number 198.)
Aransas Creek Settlers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
2. Aransas Creek Settlers Marker
28° 15.094′ N, 97° 41.089′ W. Marker is in Skidmore, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is on U.S. 181 north of Sullivan Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. At Skidmore Historical Society museum. Marker is in this post office area: Skidmore TX 78389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Papalote Creek (approx. 8.2 miles away); Beeville on the Poesta (approx. 11.1 miles away); Bee County Courthouse (approx. 11.1 miles away); Commercial National Bank (approx. 11.1 miles away); Douglas A4 Skyhawk (approx. 11.1 miles away); McClanahan House (approx. 11.1 miles away); First National Bank of Beeville (approx. 11.1 miles away); St. Rose Cemetery (approx. 11.4 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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