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PAWNEE, TEXAS

Bee County, South Texas
FMs 673 and 798
22 Miles NW of Beeville
Population: 201 (2000)

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Pawnee Texas Catholic Mission
Catholic Mission. TE photo, June 2004

Pawnee History in a Pecan Shell

The name is said to come from a board with the inscription "Pawnee" that someone had nailed to a tree. Prior to the establishment of Bee County, an Irish family named Sullivan bought much of the land where Pawnee now stands. After a series of transfers, Rancher W. J. Lott became owner of the land and split his spread into smaller parcels in the 1890s.

Pawnee's first school was built in 1910, about the same time the first store opened. Pawnee prospered in the 1920s and at one time had four grocery stores, a physican. druggist, blacksmith and garage. Oil was discovered in 1930.

Pawnee's church history is more colorful than most Texas towns of its size. For a small town, Pawnee had Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Swedish Lutheran, German Lutheran, Methodist, and Pentecostal congregations. A brick school was build in 1936 and the population reached it's high-water mark of 300 just as the United States was entering WWII. The post war population was just 225 when the town was granted a post office around 1950. The town's businesses all closed prior to 1980. The population has declined from the 1990 census of 249 to the current 201 residents.

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Pawnee TX Methodist Church
Pawnee Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, April 2009
Pawnee TX First Baptist Church
Pawnee First Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, April 2009
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Pawnee TX Post Office
Pawnee Post Office
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2009
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Pawnee Texas School Bell
School Bell. TE photo, June 2004
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Pawnee TX Old Gas Station
Old Gas Station
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, April 2009
Pawnee TX Hwy 72 view
Texas 72
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Pawnee Texas Cotton Gin
Cotton Gin in Oaks, Texas 4 Miles SW of Pawnee
TE photo, June 2004
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Subject: Pawnee, Texas
The old school will soon be adjoined or replaced by a new school under constructuion. - Will Beauchamp, April 2009
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