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Bee County Courthouse: Early View from the Houston Highway

Description: Photograph of the Bee County Courthouse while it was still under construction. The three-story courthouse was built by W.C.Stephenson and Fritz W. Heldenfels, and still in use today. Note the barbed wire fence seen in the foreground. Before this courthouse was built, barbed-wire (called bob-wire by cow punchers) proved to be a great benefaction to the ranchmen. It put an end to the cattle drives up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas, and brought an urgent need for a railroad through Bee County. This need was met by the SA&AP railroad through Beeville in 1886.
Date: 1912
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

Syrup Percolator.

Description: Patent for a percolator that makes syrup from sugar, or can turn any granular, or leaf substance into liquid, that involves an air tube to allow air to escape from syrup during the process. Includes illustrations.
Date: May 14, 1912
Creator: Elledge, William, N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tree and Shrub Protector.

Description: Patent for a tree and shrub protector particularly for house plants to protect them from cold weather, including illustrations and instructions.
Date: March 26, 1912
Creator: Carstens, Julius J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department