Uncovered Texas


Railroad in Bee County, The

On June 14, 1886, the first San Antonio and Aransas Pass (SA&AP) train arrived in Beeville to a cheering crowd. The arrival marked the combined efforts of SA&AP president Uriah Lott; Beeville merchant, banker and cattleman Captain A. C. Jones; and rancher Frank Skidmore to route the railroad through....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

Cook Home

Built by John Cook, who was born 1846 in Texas-bound wagon train; at 17 was in Civil War; in 1866 married Frances Miller. Lived in rock house, near this site. With son, R.J., contributed much to area cattle industry, with fine registered Herefords. House, erected 1897 of select long-leaf pine, place....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

George Home

Built in 1890 by Will H. and Julia George of materials from early house on land inherited from her father, Maj. J.H. Wood (Texas Cattle Empire Builder) who came from New York to join Texas War for Independence. Remodeled in 1900, house is raised cottage architecture andhas elegantly detailed interio....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

Early Trails in Bee County

From pack trails and wagon roads that marked this area at least 300 years, have developed such modern roads as U.S. Highway 181. The old trails of Indians, wild cattle and mustang horses formed highways for 17th, 18th and 19th century expeditions coming from Mexico to claim sovereignty for Spain ove....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

Little, Jim, Homestead

On 59 Ranch, granted to Little in1873, grazed earlier by his cattle. Home built about 1870, of cypress and heart pine that came by steamer from Florida to St. Mary's, then by ox-cart to site. Kiln on ranch made lime for early-type cement. Good water well, country store, made this a campsite for such....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

Jones, Captain A.C.

One of builders of Southwest. Born in Nacogdoches County, son of very early settlers. Became a cattleman; served as sheriff of Goliad County in 1858-1860. In Civil War cavalry of Col. John S. "Rip" Ford for 4 years. Fought at Palmito Hill, war's last battle, 34 days after the surrender of Gen. Robt ....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

Baggett, Ele B., Home

Construction on this Queen Anne style home, which features sunbursts in the gables, elaborate corner brackets, and fish-scale shingles, was begun in 1892 by Ele Bright Baggett (1847-1934) and his wife, Mary Carolyn (Butts). The house is across the street from the home of Baggett's father, Silas, one....

Historical Marker - Belton.

Childers-Shanklin Mill, Site of

First water power mill in Bell County. Built in 1847. By Robert Childers pioneer settler, Indian fighter served in the Army of Texas, 1836. Sold in 1856. To G. W. Shanklin 1799-1888 who built best water race in Texas. Site of state stand on Old Military Road crossing place of Chisholm Cattle Trail.....

Historical Marker - Belton Vicinity.

Las Calaveras Cemetery

José María Valadez, born in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, purchased land in this area in 1864, moving here with his wife, Josefa Garcia Hinojosa. The family operated two ranches in the area, raising cattle and sheep, and cultivating corn and cotton. The ranch in this area was named La Laguna de l....

Historical Marker - Ben Bolt.

Knox County

One side: In the immediate area of the L Bar Ranch were 12 families, most of them stockholders in the Wichita & Brazos Cattle Company. To assure them church and school privileges, in 1885 H. G. Bedford started the town of Benjamin, located 6 miles west of The Narrows, naming it for his eldest son. I....

Historical Marker - Benjamin.

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