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Bee County TX
Bee County


NORMANNA, TEXAS

Bee County, South Texas

2831'44"N 9747'1"W (28.528761, -97.783742)
Hwy 181
3 miles S of Tuleta
9 miles N of Beeville
75 miles SE of San Antonio

Population: 116 (2010) 121(2000) 75 (1990)

Normanna, Texas Area Hotels > Beeville Hotels
Normanna Texas post office 78142
US Post Office 78142
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007

Normanna, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Normanna Historical Marker
  • Medio Creek Bridge next page

  • History in a Pecan Shell

    The area had been a Mexican land grant back in 1831. In 1874 it was named Walton Station after Sheriff D.A.T. Walton.

    Norwegian immigrants moved into the area in 1893, and formed the nucleus of their colony just 2 miles from Walton. When the postal authorities rejected the application for a post office under the name Walton, Normanna was submitted and accepted.

    The name loosely translates as "the place of Norsemen" but closer to the true meaning is "far North." Seeing that's where they were from, the name was appropriate.

    Families descended from the original Norwegian settlers still live in the area.

    Normanna has a museum in a building that has served as ranch headquarters, a hotel and a residence.
    Normanna Texas Historical Museum
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007
    Normanna Texas
    "Great old ghost house here, stated as a museum."
    - Ken Rudine, August 2007 photo
    Normanna Texas Old Stores
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007

    Normanna Texas Historical Marker
    Normanna Historical Marker
    Medio Creek crossing on US 181,
    south city limit

    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007
    Historical Marker:

    Community of Normanna

    Settlement dates from about 1850. First town, 2 miles west, was called San Domingo for its location near junction of San Domingo and dry Medio Creeks. After railroad was built, 1886, citizens moved to Walton (new flag station) to be on line. Name honored sheriff D. A. T. Walton.

    When Norwegians settled area, 1890's, Walton became Normanna. Word originally suggested the qualities of old Norse heroes, but through local usage came to mean "Home of the Norseman".

    Town thrived for years; then declined after series of fires and advent of the automobile.

    (1969)

    Bee County Tx Medio Creek Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
    Medio Creek Bridge
    National Register of Historic Places
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    Medio Creek Bridge
    Nearby on CR 241 is the historic and picturesque MEDIO CREEK BRIDGE.

    The bridge was the idea of Viggo Kohler, a man who later built the large Viggo Hotel in Hebbronville (1915). He petitioned the Bee County Commissioners to accept bids in June of 1897. The bridge arrived in kit form and was assembled by the Austin Brothers Bridge Company.

    Nearby the bridge - the town of Mineral had been something of a health resort in the 1890s. Deepening the well caused the mineral content to decline to the point where people no longer came.

    Reader's Email:


    Young Family Photo Postcards and Letters


    "Here are some of the postcards dated 1909-1915 from the Young Family. I would like to find any decendents of the family and send them to them. I have over 25 photo postcards and a few letters. The names on them are Earle and Loretta, Cy, Frank, Rose Elizabeth. I believe they all lived in the Normanna area." -
    paint320@sbcglobal.net
    April 21, 2004
    Normanna area scenes, Texas postcards

    Normanna, Texas Area Towns:
    Beeville | Tuleta | Kenedy
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