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BEE COUNTY, TEXAS

28 25' 12" N, 97 44' 24" W (28.42, -97.74)
Population: 32,750 est. (2016) 31,861 (2010)
Total area: 880 square miles (2,300 km2)
880 square miles (2,300 km2) land
0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) water

Bee County Topics

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  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Bee County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Karnes County (N) Goliad County (NE) Refugio County (E) San Patricio County (SE) Live Oak County (W)

    Bee County History

    1936 Centennial Marker:

    BEE COUNTY

    Named for Col. Barnard E. Bee (1787-1853), who served Republic of Texas as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Minister to the United States.
    County was created by legislative act on Dec. 8, 1857;
    organized Jan. 25, 1858, from land earlier in Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, and San Patricio counties.
    County seat in 1858 was on Medio Creek; since 1860 at present Beeville.
    A cattle region since Spanish times, Bee County became important beef producer in 1865.
    San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad provided first modern transportation in 1886. Oil was discovered here in 1929.

    Bee County Courthouse
    Texas - Bee County Courthouse
    Bee County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson

    Bee County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat -
    Beeville
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  • Beeville County seat
  • Blanconia
  • Cadiz
  • Caesar ghost town
  • Clareville
  • Mineral
  • Normanna
  • Oaks ghost town
  • Olmos ghost town
  • Orangedale
  • Papalote
  • Pawnee
  • Pettus
  • Poesta
  • Quincy ghost town
  • Richland ghost town
  • Salt Branch
  • Skidmore
  • Tuleta
  • Tulsita ghost town
  • Tynan

  • Bee County Vintage Maps
    Bee County TX 1907 postal map
    Bee County 1907 postal map
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bee County 1920s Map
    Bee County 1920s map
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Bee County 1940s Map
    Bee County 1940s map
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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