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Beeville in Bee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Beeville Bee-Picayune

Beeville Bee-Picayune Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 20, 2022
1. Beeville Bee-Picayune Marker

With the coming of the railroad to Beeville in the spring of 1886, Mississippi native William Oscar McCurdy (1866-1913) visited his aunt and uncle here. After spending several days, McCurdy, a printer and editor, decided to stay, becoming a citizen of the community and starting Beeville’s first newspaper. After receiving a loan from his uncle and a subscription list from the local sheriff, mccurdy set up the Beeville bee on nearby St. Mary's Street. It was said that the first shop was so small that the publisher could stand in the center of the room and reach almost anything he needed. The Beeville Bee relocated to various locations around town until finally occupying a concrete block building on N. Washington Street.

In early 1890, brothers Carl and M.M. McFarland from Victoria started the other local newspaper, the Beeville Picayune, on the courthouse square. Thomas r. Atkins (1841-1915), the first historian of Bee county and a longtime resident of Beeville acquired the Picayune in exchange for his Skidmore hotel in December 1894. Atkins was also one of the earliest postmasters in Beeville and in 1870, he was elected Justice
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of the Peace of Precinct No. 1. After hard times forced Atkins to sell the paper in 1903, the Picayune was purchased on October 1, 1907, by his son, George H. Atkins, who served as publisher for 52 years until his death. In May 1928, George H. Atkins purchased the Bee and merged the two to form the Beeville Bee-Picayune, which has remained under the ownership of the Atkins and Latcham families. Over the years, the newspaper has played an active role in the community acquiring a naval base, college and state prison, and has consistently won press association awards.
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 19989.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 28° 24.126′ N, 97° 44.965′ W. Marker is in Beeville, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is on Northeast Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 NE Washington St, Beeville TX 78102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Praeger Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brick Building on Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Douglas A4 Skyhawk
Beeville Bee-Picayune Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 20, 2022
2. Beeville Bee-Picayune Marker
(about 300 feet away); Beeville Post Office (about 300 feet away); The Railroad in Bee County (about 400 feet away); Beeville Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Bee County Courthouse (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beeville.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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