The Friendly City

Welcome to Beeville, a bustling little city with a laid-back lifestyle and a warmth that is contagious. Nestled in the heart of the Texas Coastal Bend, Bee County offers a climate that is ideally suited to year-round outdoor activities. Hunters can enjoy an abundance of deer, dove, quail, hogs, turkey and javelina, and birding enthusiasts can spot a variety of species at the Veterans Memorial Park. A nine-hole municipal golf course is also situated at the park for the pleasure of golfers, many of whom come from the northern states to spend the winter months in South Texas. The Beeville Country Club also has "Winter Texan" memberships available.

Bee County was organized in 1858, carved out of Goliad, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties. Bee County was named for Bernard E. Bee, Sr., who was born in 1787 in Charleston, SC. He studied law and came to Texas in 1836 and joined the Army. Col. Bee was Secretary of War under President Houston and Secretary of State under President Lamar. His son, Hamilton P. Bee presided as speaker of the House of Representatives and requested that the county be named in honor of his father.

The original county seat was located on the Medio creek seven miles from the present location of Beeville, and the township was called Beeville On The Medio. In 1859 the county seat was moved to 150 acres on the Poesta Creek donated by Mrs. Anne Burke 0'Carroll and the name was changed to Marysville in honor of Mary Hefferman, a surviving heir of the families massacred in 1836. The name was changed to Beeville in 1860 because under the Act of the Texas Legislature, when the county of Bee was organized, it was specified that the county seat would be called Beeville.

There are many interesting, though little-known facts about Beeville. In the 1890s, Beeville was known as the "Forest of Windmills" because until as late as 1934, there was a windmill in almost every yard. Also, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and even olives were mayor crops in the area from around 1911 until the early 1950s when the trees were killed by a severe freeze and disease. Famous persons who have lived in Beeville at one time or another include Lincoln Borglum, the sculptor who finished Mount Rushmore, that his father, Gutzon Borglum began, and J. Frank Dobie, well-known western author and teacher. Other famous people who visited Beeville on a regular basis include President Bush, who hunted each year at the Lazy F Ranch in Berclair and baseball pitcher, Nolan Ryan, who worked summers at his uncle's dairy farm. Companies who have seen their beginnings In Beeville include Lack's Furniture, the Adams Extract Company, and the Gill Coca Cola Bottling Company.

Over the years Beeville has seen a lot of changes, from the closing of NAS Chase Field to the building of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice state prisons, but through it all, Beeville continues to flourish just as its early settlers determined it should. Being the largest retail center in a contiguous six-county area, with a population of more than 120,000, Beeville has seen the growth of businesses and industry in Bee County. Recreational opportunities include a full range of public facilities from a swimming pool to golf course, tennis courts to soccer fields. Tours of the historical Beeville Art Museum and the McClanahan House are always an enjoyable way to spend some time, as well as discovering the many unique shops in the downtown area. Come visit us in Beeville and Bee County. You'll be glad you did!

For more information contact
Bee County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 4099
1705 N. St. Mary's
Beeville, Texas 78104