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BEE HOUSE, TEXAS

Coryell County, Central Texas North

31 24' 10" N, 98 4' 52" W (31.402778, -98.081111)

FM 183
11 miles W of Gatesville the county seat
49 miles W of Waco
E of Goldthwaite
SE of Hamilton
NE of Lampasas
Population: 40 est (2000)

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Bee House Church, Texas
The Methodist Church in Bee House
Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey, 8-04
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Boyd's Cove, for local resident James Boyd, the town dates from the 1850s. The name Bee Hive was submitted to postal authorities who changed it to Bee House when the post office was granted.

The population of Bee House peaked at 150 in the mid-1890s. The Bee House school had seventy-eight students being taught by two teachers in 1904.

Bee House Texas post office

The recently closed post office and store in Bee House
Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey, 8-04
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A Drive in Coryell County

FM 116: In The Shadow of Fort Hood

by Clay Coppedge

Driving north from Copperas Cove to Gatesville on FM 116 you're never far from Fort Hood. ... Copperas Cove is ringed by five hills, a pattern drivers will see repeated on the way to Gatesville. A few miles out of town you come to FM 580, and if you just feel like it you can detour to the town of Topsey...

If, instead of heading to Topsey you get on 116 you will drive up on a green, bowl-shaped valley cut by scenic creeks. Nestled between the hills and creeks is the community of Pidcoke, named for the Pidcocke family, early English colonists to the area. It's not hard to see what drew the Pidcockes here. The creeks would have been as good a reason to settle here as anything. This is good ranch country; the best side of the grass is already topside.

A detour in Pidcoke to see the local cemetery is a good one, but follow the road past the cemetery to catch some fine glimpses of Bee House Creek and a couple of panoramas of the valley. Bee House was once the home of a communal house called Bee House Hall. Residents wanted to name the community Bee Hive but the post office decided it would be Bee House instead....

Six miles southeast of Pidcoke used to be the community of Stampede... more



TX Coryell County 1907 Postal Map
Coryell County 1907 Postal Map showing Beehouse west of Gatesville
near Lampasas County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Bee House, Texas Nearby Towns:
Gatesville the county seat
Waco
Goldthwaite
Hamilton
Lampasas
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