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BEBE, TEXAS

Gonzales County, Central Texas South
Highway 97
11 miles NW of Nixon
14 miles SW of Gonzales

Population 52 (1990)


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Bebe, Texas scene
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey
History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Stroman, two men opened a store here in the 1890s. One of them was named Stroman and the other wasn't. (The man who evidently lost the coin toss was named Perry).

The community got tired of tri-weekly mail service from Gonzales so they applied for a post office. In 1900, the name Stroman was rejected. The name submitted was supposed inspired by advertising signs of B. B. Baking Powder.

After the post office opened H. R. Oakes opened a store and by 1915 Bebe had a population of twenty. The town acquired a blacksmith, a barber, garage and a cotton gin. In 1916 local schools merged with the Bebe school, which, in turn, merged with the Nixon ISD in the 1940s.

After WWII as roads and transportation improved, Gonzales County's smaller towns lost population - Bebe was no exception.
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