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36 - BEE COUNTY
for Col. Barnard E. Bee (1787-1853), who served Republic of Texas as Secretary
of War, Secretary of State, and Minister to the United States. County was
created by legislative act on Dec. 8,1857; organized Jan. 25, 1858, from land
earlier in Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. County
seat in 1858 was on Medio Creek; since 1860 at present Beeville. A cattle
region since Spanish times, Bee County became important beef producer in 1865.
San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad provided first modern transportation in
1886. Oil was discovered here in 1929.
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