Beeville is the county seat of Bee County and was settled in the 1830s by the Burke, Carroll, and Heffernan families. During its early years, the area faced problems with Native Americans, who killed several of Beeville’s early settlers. The first name for the new community was Maryville, after a member of the Heffernan family who had survived the Indian massacre.
In 1857 G. B. McCollom operated an inn in the new community. George W. McClanahan opened the first store, and a post office was established in 1859. In 1860 the first courthouse was erected and the Beeville Masonic Lodge built a second story for its meetings. The community contributed a company of men to the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1878 a second courthouse was built, which burned down in 1911. A third, brick building was erected in 1912 and was subsequently remodeled in 1942 and 1948–50. The first jail was built in 1874; a second was built in 1893 and renovated in 1979.
Beeville’s growth was spurred by the arrival of two railroads in the 1880s. In 1880 the community was still small, with an estimated 300 inhabitants, two general stores, two hotels, a gin and gristmill, and a blacksmith shop. In 1886 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built through the community, connecting it with Corpus Christi and San Antonio, and in 1889 this railroad was joined by the Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific, building southwest from Victoria. These railways were later acquired by the Southern Pacific, which ceased local operations in the 1970s. By 1890 Beeville had an estimated 1,000 inhabitants. William O. McCurdy launched the first newspaper, the Beeville Bee, in 1886, and the Picayune joined it in 1890. The two papers were combined to form the Bee-Picayune in 1928.
The town continued to grow during the early decades of the twentieth century. In 1920 the population reached 3,062, and the following year the streets were paved. The discovery of oil and gas in the county in 1929 led to the building of several large office buildings in Beeville; the Union Producing Company had its district offices there from 1930 until the 1970s. Between 1920 and 1930 the population increased by more than 60 percent, reaching 4,806. In spite of the boost given the local economy by the oil industry, Beeville was hard hit by the Great Depression in the 1930s. A WPA office was opened in the community, and government-funded projects improved city streets. The population grew to 6,789 in 1940, the year the Beeville Chamber of Commerce was chartered. During World War II Beeville benefited from the construction of the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Chase Field, which eventually became the Naval Air Station, Beeville. The base trained naval aviators from 1943 through 1946, then was temporarily deactivated. In response to the demands of the Korean War the field was reopened in 1952 and continued to train pilots until its closing in 1992. The site was subsequently redeveloped into the Chase Field Industrial Complex, which in 2016 was home to regional administrative offices for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and two prison transfer facilities. Another state prison unit was located just beyond the city limits.
The first school in Beeville was held in a private home in 1860, and the first school building was built in 1877. The Beeville Independent School District had ten schools in the mid-1980s. In 2016 there were six schools serving approximately 3,500 students. The first parochial school was Saint Mary’s Academy, built in 1896 and destroyed by fire in 1930. St. Joseph’s School was built on the same location, and seven other parochial or private schools existed in 1984. Bee County College opened in 1967. In 1998 it was renamed Coastal Bend College, and in 2016 it operated branch campuses in Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton.
In 2010 the town’s economy was focused on county government, oilfield services, state correctional services, and agribusiness. An oil and gas boom on the Eagle Ford Shale began in the 2010s. Western Week was held every October in the city coliseum. Beeville had a senior citizen’s center, an art museum, and a hospital. In 2006 Beeville was designated a Texas Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission. (source)
Take the whole family for shows on 6 screens and movie theater snacks and refreshments at Rio 6 Cinema. Call 361-358-9373 for more information. Located at 806 E. Houston Street.
Get your bowl on! The Bee Family Fun Center offers 12 bowling lanes, snack bar, including alcoholic drinks and video games. Go back in time to the land of dinosaurs with the dinosaur-themed putt putt golf. Open daily. Call for more information at 361-358-5959. Located at 3900 N. St. Mary’s Street.
The Beeville Art Museum, created in 2000 by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is dedicated to the enrichment of the educational and cultural life of Beeville and surrounding communities through the concept of art and art education as a positive force in developing creative skills and thought. Housed in a graceful Victorian-style house, built in 1910, the museum is surrounded by a public park for the community to enjoy.
The Texas Mile is a bi-annual event, March and October. The Texas Mile is a land speed auto racing event in Beeville, Texas, at the Chase Field Industrial Complex. Participants, amateur and professional alike, from across the globe test their fastest standing 1-mile speeds in a wide range of vehicles.
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