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

The Bedias Indians

The Bedias Indians Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jim Evans, February 5, 2007
1. The Bedias Indians Marker
Inscription. The Bedias (Bidai, Bedai) Indians, a small southeastern Texas tribe, were probably the earliest inhabitants of the Walker County region. "Bidai" is thought to derive from a Caddo word meaning "brushwood". The peaceful Bedias lived in scattered villages and subsisted by hunting, fishing, cultivating maize and trading with other Indians and early settlers. As their numbers dwindled, they were assimilated into other cultures of the area.

"The Source" Sculpture created by:
Monica A. Taylor and Lawrence T. Zink
Location. 30° 43.487′ N, 95° 33.011′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 10th Street and University Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77340, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Gibbs Store (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Five Courthouses of Walker County (about 600 feet away); Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M. (about 600 feet away); Walker County (about 600 feet away); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse
The Bedias Indians Display Photo, Click for full size
By Jim Evans, February 5, 2007
2. The Bedias Indians Display
(about 600 feet away); Henry Opera House (about 700 feet away); Sam Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Regarding The Bedias Indians. Long ago, Bedias Indians were the primary inhabitants of what is now Huntsville, Texas. This little known display is in a small wooded area in a parking lot, located where the Bedias frequently met for shade and water. Follow the coordinates to find it or explore the wooded area.
Also see . . .
1. Transcript of a short podcast on the Bedias Indians (pdf file). (Submitted on December 6, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Brief Discussion of the Bedias Indians. (Submitted on December 6, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 801 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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