Beeville in Bee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Beeville on the Poesta
Their colony, although successful at first, soon met disaster. In 1836 James Heffernan, his brother John, and John Ryan, who had planned to join Texas patriots at Goliad, were planting a crop in a field at this site when they were massacred by Comanches. Also killed was James' family, in his picket house upcreek.
Bee County was organized in 1858 and named for Col. Barnard E. Bee, a Republic of Texas statesman. Soon after, choice of a county seat came into hot dispute. A site seven miles east, on Medio Creek, was chosen for "Beevile". But ten months later, voters made the 150-acre donation of Anne Burke O'Carroll permanent county seat, on the banks on the Poesta.
The new town, first called "Maryville" for Mary Heffernan (relative of those killed in 1836) was soon renamed Beeville. In its first decade, it had two stores, one saloon, and a blacksmith shop.
First courthouse was built for $750 on west side of present square, 1860. First railroad came through, 1866, and a larger courthouse was soon built. After it burned, the present one was erected in 1913.
Erected 1967 by Texas Historical Survey Commission
Location. 28° 24.092′ N, 97° 44.902′ W. Marker is in Beeville, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is on Corpus Christi Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 West Corpus Christi Street, Beeville TX 78102, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bee County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Douglas A4 Skyhawk (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); McClanahan House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank of Beeville (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. Rose Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Medio Creek (approx. 8.2 miles away); Aransas Creek Settlers (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beeville.
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