Entrada de la Brasada – Bee County
In 2005, Beeville was honored to be named a Texas Main Street City, and in 2006 was awarded certification as a National Main Street City, as a result of that process, an abundance of shopping opportunities are being developed. We are excited to have the largest Super Wal Mart south of Dallas in our community. Also new to Beeville is Walgreen’s and Chili’s Grill and Bar Restaurant. Come stroll down the wide, quiet avenue into quaint gift shops and tea rooms, such as Hensley’s Café and Tea Room in downtown Beeville. Visit the Wicker Basket, Hogue’s Jewelry, and Jane Marie Boutique and Day Spa, for gift items, precious jewelry, and the latest fashions.
Tired travelers can find enjoyable lodging at one of the many clean comfortable motels. Area restaurants can satisfy a variety of appetites and, for a night out you can enjoy a movie at the Rio 6 Cinema or adventure in a tournament of bowling for the whole family at the Bee Family Fun Center. Beeville is the county seat and cultural center of Bee County,
which boasts the historic 1912, restored Courthouse that displays Lady Justice overlooking the city of Beeville. The Beeville Art Museum provides enrichment of the cultural life of the community, and provides exhibits from museums, outstanding artists, and collectors from across Texas. Workshops, lectures, and tours are also provided at the Art Museum. The state of the art Joe Barnhart Bee County Library is located on the courthouse square in a historic 1906 building. It is one of the first public libraries in the country to use the newest 3M Identification System. Coastal Bend College’s Simon Michael Art Gallery hosts rotating exhibits on a regular basis, including the works of local artists. Coastal Bend College also houses one of the only two public, fully functioning glass blowing facilities in Texas. Tours are welcome and classes offered weekly in the early summer months.
Wildlife is plentiful in the area, making Bee County a hunters’, birders’ or photographers’ paradise. At Veteran’s Memorial
Park, families can enjoy watching various species of birds and beautiful wildflowers. While the children play on the playgrounds, the family can have a picnic at one of the pavilions. Beeville is always a buzz of activity beginning in January with the Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show and Sale that takes place in the newly built livestock arena at the Bee County Exposition Center, which is one of the few covered outdoor facilities of its kind in South Texas.
Spring brings the Yard Sale Trail, a countywide event. Fall is a special time of year in Bee County celebrating both
traditional and cultural events. The Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration commemorates the Mexican independence with authentic Mexican cuisine and festive dancing. Bringing back Western Week Celebration in October is a great time for families to take advantage of a weekend full of live music, delicious foods, a cook off, various arts and crafts, and an exciting rodeo. In December, Beeville Main Street hosts the Christmas lighted parade ushering in the holiday
season with the arrival of Santa.
Anyone who enjoys the outdoors can find plenty to do in Beeville. The Dallas Morning News named Beeville’s Country Club golf course as one of the best 9-hole golf courses in Texas. There is also a public golf course and swimming pool, miniature golf , walking trails, and tennis courts. Beeville and Bee County enjoy a rich cultural and ethnic background, making the area appealing to visitors of all nationalities. You can enjoy plenty of historic sites to see and study. The Berclair Mansion and the McClanahan House are two examples, along with the Calaboose Museum in Skidmore and the Mercantile Store in Mineral. Bee County was organized in 1858 from parts of Goliad, Refugio and mainly San
Patricio counties; it was named after Colonel Bernard E. Bee, who served the republic of Texas as President Sam Houston’s Secretary of War and President Lamar’s Secretary of State. Beeville has been host to a number of famous people who have either lived here or visited the area, including Lincoln Borglum, the sculptor who finished Mount Rushmore, and J. Frank Dobie, a well-known western author and teacher. President George Bush hunted the Lazy F. Ranch in Berclair for more than 20 years and baseball legend Nolan Ryan worked at his uncle’s dairy farm when
he was a kid and now ranches in Refugio County and owns a famous restaurant in Three Rivers. From unique shopping, fabulous art and interesting History to great hunting, Bee County provides an experience that visitors will
A Touch of History in Beeville:
• Beeville, the county seat of Bee County, is on the Poesta Creek at the intersection of the U.S. Hwy 181, State Hwy 59 in central Bee County.
• The community was settled by the Burke, Carroll, and Hefferman families in the 1830’s. Several of the settlers were killed by Indians during the early years of settlement.
• When Bee County was organized in 1858, the county seat was founded on the east bank of the Medio Creek seven miles east of the current location. It was known as Beeville on the Medio. The location proved inconvenient.
• In 1859 land was donated for a town site at the current location of Beeville.
• The first name of the community was Maryville, after a member of the Hefferman family who had survived the Indian Massacre. Eight months later it was changed to Beeville.
• The community contributed a company of men to the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
• The first courthouse was erected in 1860. In 1878 a second courthouse was built. I t burned down in 1911. A third, a brick building, was erected in 1912, remodeled in 1942 and 1948-50.
• Beeville’s growth was spurred by the arrival of two railroads in the 1880’s.
• William O. McCurdy launched the first newspaper, the Beeville Bee, in 1886 and the Picayune joined it 1890. In 1928 the two newspapers were combined to form the Bee Picayune.
• The Great Depression hit Beeville hard in 1930’s.
• The Beeville Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1940.
• During World War II Chase Field trained naval aviators from 1943 through 1946. It was temporarily deactivated, then reopened in 1952 to respond to the Korean War. It continued to train pilots until its closing in 1992.
• The first school in Beeville was held in a private home in 1860, and the first school building was built in 1877.
• Bee County College opened in 1967 and is now known as Coastal Bend College