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Named for North and South Bedias creeks, which in turn were named for the Bidai Indians, an agricultural people reputed to have been the oldest inhabitants of the area. "Bidai" means "brushwood", which may refer to the building material used in their dwellings. The first white settlement in this vic....

Historical Marker - Bedias.

Papalote Creek

A few yards south passes Papalote Creek, crossed by the fierce Karankawa Indians who found kite-shaped pebbles and named it Papalote, which means "kite-shaped" or "wing-shaped". Along its banks came the leaders of the Power and Hewetson colonists, holding Mexican land grants in the 1830's. On its Ra....

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.

Beeville on the Poesta

Long before Mexico granted land (1834) on Poesta Creek to the first settlers, Anne Burke and James Heffernan, savage Indians roamed this valley at will. Their colony, although successful at first, soon met disaster. In 1836 James Heffernan, his brother John, and John Ryan, who had planned to join Te....

Historical Marker - Beeville.

Miller Springs Bridge

In 1872, William Miller built the first bridge over the springs favored by Tonkawa Indians. When Abe Miller bought the land in the 1920s, it was listed in county records as Miller's Springs. By 1935, a 75-foot Warren pony truss bridge, typical of many built in Texas through the 1930s, replaced sever....

Historical Marker - Belton Vicinity.

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.

Fort Griffin

Site of a picket fort on Little River commonly called Fort Griffin; also known as Fort Smith and Little River Fort. Erected by Geo. B. Erath and 20 Texas Rangers in November, 1836 as a protection against Indians. Abandoned as a military post before the Santa Fe Expedition camped here, June 24-29, 18....

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.

Benbrook, James M.

In 1876 Indiana native James M. Benbrook brought his family to this settlement, then known as Marinda. A veteran of the Union Army during the Civil War, he became a prominent area farmer and landowner. In 1880, when rail lines were completed here and a depot was constructed, the community was rename....

Historical Marker - Benbrook.

Staggers Point

Earliest large community in Robertson's colony. Settled by Irishmen who came to America in 1821; lived in South Carolina and then in Alabama; and in 1829 sent west an emissary, Robert Henry, to find a permanent location. In 1833, their ox-wagon train arrived, and log cabins were built. By 1836, kins....

Historical Marker - Benchley.

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