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S.A.&A.P./Southern Pacific Depot in Beeville

Description: Photograph of the S.A.&A.P./Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Beeville. The marker for the railroad in Bee County is on the site of the old depot. On June 14, 1886, the first San Antonio and Aransas Pass train arrived in Beeville to a cheering crowd. The arrival of the railroad to Bee County came after Uriah Lott, the man responsible for building the S.A.&A.P. railroad, made a formal railroad proposition to Frank O. Skidmore, a wealthy stockman on the Aransas River, asking for a $100,000 bonus to bring the railroad to Bee County. Mr. Lott appealed to stockmen interested in hauling their cattle to market. The committee in charge of raising the bonus was made up of A.C. Jones and John W. Flournoy. In January 1886 Sheriff D.A. T. Walton showed Mr. Lott around Bee County by buggy, and the committee informed him that they had already raised $55,000. Uriah Lott then headed his railroad through Bee County. After the takeover of S.A.&A.P by Southern Pacific in 1925, the depot became an S.P. station. In 1958, the depot was razed, and the last train left Bee County in 1994. Before the railroad all freighting was done by wagon, and most of it came from Saint Mary's on the coast. D.B. Stafford was the first depot agent for S.A.&A.P. and later the first agent for the S.P. Railroad.
Date: 192u
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

[Number Three Fire Station]

Description: Photograph of seven men standing outside of the Number Three Fire Station on Fifth Street and Vicksburg Avenue. Five of the men are standing on a 1923 Model Pumper truck, and two men are standing beside it; they are all wearing uniforms. Six men are identified as Harry Denson, Buster Curry, Les Hebert, Bonnie Curra, Dan Welch, and Carl Wilson.
Date: 192u
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

Alvin Ragsdale Home

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of the Alvin Ragsdale home, built in the 1920s; its location is now Beltline and 75 Central Expressway. The brick house is one-story tall, and has an enclosed porch with brick arches on the left. On the right, there is a chimney with decorative brick patterns on it. Plants and shrubs are growing in front of the house.
Date: 192u
Partner: Richardson Public Library

[Cousins Hall]

Description: Photograph of the outside of Cousins Hall at West Texas State Teachers College, viewed from the northwest. The dining hall is visible in the foreground, with the three-story dormitory in the background. A two-story frame building stands to the right of the dining hall, and a smaller frame building is visible to the left of the image.
Date: 192u
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Partner: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Booming Mexia in the Roaring 20's

Description: Compilation of articles published during 1955 in The Waco-Times Herald, written by Nanine Simmons about the history of Mexia, Texas and focusing on the oil boom in the 1920s. The author includes a preface regarding the sources of her information and editorial notes for some of the articles to provide more context.
Date: March 1955
Creator: Simmons, Nanine
Partner: UNT Libraries