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

Medio Creek

Significant natural landmark

Medio Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
1. Medio Creek Marker
Inscription.  Named by the Spaniards about 1800 because of its midway position between the San Antonio and Nueces Rivers. Rises in Karnes County; empties into Mission River. Crossed by explorers, padres, soldiers, settlers who traveled on three early ox-cart roads that led from Mexico to Mission La Bahia at Goliad.

The Cart War of 1857, between Texas and Mexican teamsters on the freight route between San Antonio and Gulf ports, originated along San Patricio Road, southernmost of the three roads. The Mexican cart drivers used mesquite beans as feed for their teams, starting the mesquite brush which thrives along creek.

Settlers were attracted here by the tall grass, and many veterans of the Texas Revolution were given bounty lands in the area. First post office in Bee County was established in 1857 at Medio Hill pioneer community, once a down-creek settlement.

In 1909, the town of Candlish was founded within 50 feet of here, with a hotel, general store, school. The store closed; Candlish became a ghost town.

In 1938-39 on Medio and Blanco creeks, fossil beds yielded 1,000,000-year-old fossils of a new mastodon species
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Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
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(named Buckner's Mastodon), rhinoceros, elephants, alligators, camels, and three-toed horses.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967.
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Survey Commission. (Marker Number 3315.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksRoads & VehiclesWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
Location. 28° 29.165′ N, 97° 39.201′ W. Marker is near Beeville, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is on U.S. 59, on the left when traveling east. 4.2 miles east of Beeville. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Rose Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); First National Bank of Beeville (approx. 7.4 miles away); Saint Joseph's Catholic Church (approx. 7.7 miles away); St. Philip's Episcopal Church (approx. 8 miles away); First Baptist Church of Beeville (approx. 8.1 miles away); Community of Normanna (approx. 8.1 miles away); McClanahan House (approx. 8.1 miles away); First Methodist Church of Beeville (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beeville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,424 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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