Skiles Residence

Skiles Residence

Date: March 2005
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of property on the old homestead of the Skiles family, located at 813 Beltline Road in Richardson, Texas. A Dalmatian dog is standing beside two trees in a yard. Behind the dog, there is a windmill blade and a wooden structure. Trees surround the yard. The house was built by Thomas and Priscilla Skiles in the 1860s.
Contributing Partner: Richardson Public Library
[Man in Buggy]

[Man in Buggy]

Date: c. 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Man in buggy with windmill in background. Photo circa 1900: Riverland, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Clay County Historical Society
 Third Courthouse for Bee County 1879

Third Courthouse for Bee County 1879

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: The two-story building was built on the site of the present courthouse by Viggo Kohler in 1878 for a bid of $3,425. The lumber used to build it was hauled from St. Marys in Refugio Co. It had a 40X50 ft. rock foundation with a portico 8 X 18 ft. The portico had four octagon columns made from eight-inch square solid timbers. The county officials moved in on May 12, 1879. It was destroyed by fire on January 15, 1911. While a new courthouse was being built the auditorium of the Grand Opera House served as a temporary courthouse. Note the windmill on the courthouse grounds. The public well, powered by the windmill, furnished water for the building and for the public water troughs provided for the farmers and ranchmen so they could water their horses. Many remembered dipping their fire buckets in the horses' drinking trough in the heart of town.
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
Normanna Gin 1910

Normanna Gin 1910

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Postcard of the cotton gin in Normanna in 1910. Santa Domingo was the community’s first name. It was located nine miles north of Beeville where the Santa Domingo Creek joined the Medio Creek, and was settled about 1848. Jose Maria Uranga’s eleven leagues, the largest single Mexican grant in Bee County (1831), covered much of the community. In 1874 it was known as Walton Station after the sheriff of Bee County, D.A.T. Walton. In 1893 a Norwegian colony moved into the area and settled two miles east of Walton. That settlement is still called the Colony. A Walton post office was established in 1894, but another Texas town already had the name of Walton, so the town became Normanna. (Norwegian for “far north or one from the far north”.) In the early days Normanna had three churches, two doctors, two schools, a hotel, a weekly newspaper, five general stores, a drugstore, a gin, barbershop, a tin shop, a saloon, dance hall, the post office and a general store.
Contributing Partner: Bee County Historical Commission
Bissell Ranch, Las Cruces, NM

Bissell Ranch, Las Cruces, NM

Date: unknown
Creator: Stryker
Description: Photograph of a corral full of dark horses, including foals. Behind the group of horses is a barbed wire fence, a house and a windmill.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
Surveyors Breaking Camp, 1906

Surveyors Breaking Camp, 1906

Date: March 9, 1906
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of some surveyors breaking camp on March 9, 1906.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
1.2. & 3 Ranch Headquarters After a Snow

1.2. & 3 Ranch Headquarters After a Snow

Date: March 17, 1932
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the 1,2 & 3 ranch after a snowfall. There are several dark wooden buildings and a wooden fence covered in snow. Next to the buildings is a Model T car, a water tower and a windmill. In the foreground is snow-covered ground.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
Man with a Dog Sitting on Wagon

Man with a Dog Sitting on Wagon

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: An unidentified man is sitting in a horse-drawn wagon and is looking down at his dog who is standing on the ground. A windmill is in the background to the left and a wooden building is to the right.
Contributing Partner: Denton Public Library
An Aermotor Windmill

An Aermotor Windmill

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an Aermotor windmill in Texas.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
Early Windmill 
   Factory

Early Windmill Factory

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an early windmill factory.
Contributing Partner: Cattle Raisers Museum
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