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Bee
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 925
2000 Census - 1,013
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Skidmore, Texas
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Skidmore Texas History:
In 1857, Samuel Cyle Skidmore moved to Texas and settled on Aransas Creek. The first post office opened in 1860 under the name of River Side; it closed within months. A second post office opened under the name Lattington and operated from late 1860 to 1866. In 1886, Skidmore’s son donated a right-of-way and every other block of land to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad; the town grew up around the train depot. In 1887 the Skidmore Post Office was established. By 1914 the town had 1,000 residents. In the lake 1980s and early 1990s the town had 500 residents. Skidmore is located in farming and ranching country at the intersections of U.S. 181, SH 359 and FM 888, 11 miles south of Beeville, 34.5 miles southeast of George West, 14.5 miles northeast of Mathis and Lake Corpus Christi, 19 miles northwest of Sinton, 42 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, and 40 miles southeast of Goliad, Texas.
 
Historic Aransas Creek Settlers, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Earliest known residents were Karankawa Indianswho named the creek. On this stream was one of the most famous ranches in early Texas, occupied in 1805 by Don Martin de Leon, who in 1824 founded Victoria. In 1830’s, Irish colonists came by way of Copano Bay, settling down creek. Anglo-Americans from older settlements came by road and trail, stopping mainly up creek. Stock raising, trucking and freighting provided livelihoods in the rich, new prairie land. In 1850 Patrick Fadden sold to Fort Merrill corn and vegetables from 1835 land grant of his uncle, Father John Thomas MaIloy. Fadden and W. R. Hayes freighted supplies to settlers in 1860s. Hayes had early post office in his home, 1870; was county judge 1876-1892. John Wilson, an 1850s up creek settler, brought first Durham cattle to country; built one of first wooden fences, enclosing 600 acres of home site with rough heart pine plank. On creek’s north bank stood the ranch of Frank O. Skidmore, founder of Skidmore, who gained fame for building first barbed-wire fence and windmill in county. He promoted breeding of registered Herefords and in 1886 gave much right of way to San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.”
 
Karankawa Indians:
The nomadic Karankawa Indians lived along the Texas Gulf Coast from the western end of Galveston Island to Corpus Christi. Many warriors were over 6 feet tall. Men wore their hair to their waists. They were heavily tattooed and wore shell ornaments. They pierced each nipple and their bottom lip with small pieces of cane. They greased their bodies with shark liver oil to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. During the summer months they survived by moving inland and hunting with long bows. During the winters they fished and crabbed the coastal bays in dugouts. They lived in round huts made with thatch and animal skins. The Indians had varied experiences with Anglos though in the end their population was decimated through warfare and diseases caught from Anglos. The Indians helped Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca when he was shipwrecked on Galveston Island in 1528. After French explorers under LaSalle stole two canoes from the Karankawa and refused to return them, the Karankawa engaged them in battle; the Indians won. The Karankawa were not cannibals. Though they did sometimes eat captured enemies, they did not do this for food, but rather to absorb the magic powers of the enemy.
 
Skidmore Historical Society Museum:
Museum buildings include the main building and the 1898 Skidmore Calaboose (jail). Vintage farm equipment is located on the grounds. The Aransas Creek Settlers Texas Historical Marker is located in front of the main building. Open Sundays 3-5pm.

South Texas Trail Riders Ride, Corpus Christi to San Antonio, Feb 4 – Feb 12, 2016:
This group hosts an annual covered wagon trail ride from Corpus Christi to the San Antonio Livestock & Rodeo. This annual trail ride begins with registration in Edroy, Texas. On Thursday, February 4, riders register at Ed Cot Co-Op Gin in Edroy (5019 CR 51, 78370). On Friday the group rides 19.9 miles from Edroy to Tynan. Lunch is at Hartzendorf Gin on FM 796. They will spend the night in Tynan at the recreation center. On Saturday they ride 19 miles and lunch at the Skidmore Fire Department on the corner of 4th and East Refugio Streets. They spend the night at the Beeville Coliseum, 214 South FM 351. On Sunday they ride 21 miles to Pettus. Monday’s 22.5 mile ride takes them to Kenedy. Lunch is at the Waylon Rouse Ranch on CR 743. They spend the night at the Karnes County Show Barn, located on U.S. 181, between Kenedy and Karnes City, and adjacent to Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital. On Tuesday, they ride 15.5 miles to Falls City. Wednesday’s 18.1 mile ride takes them to Floresville where they will overnight at the Wilson County Show Barn, 435 SH 97 East. They lunch in Poth, Texas. On Thursday, they ride 13.8 miles to the Bexar County Sheriffs Posse Arena, 11755 South Foster Road, 78223. Various organizations host meals, dances and live entertainment in each host city. The group also hosts shorter trail rides to other small Texas towns. Current contact information is available on their website.
 
Goliad State Park & Historic Site Information:
This 188 acre park is located in a historical area of Texas on the San Antonio River near the town of Goliad. Located within the park is the recently restored replica of the Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, which was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The restored mission houses a museum. In 1931, the parkland was donated to Texas by the City and County of Goliad. The land was transferred to the State Parks Board in 1949. Through April the park grounds and fields along U.S. 59 are awash with blooming bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, phlox, lantana, and wine cups. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the December 2007 Park of the Month Article and Park Brochure, watch the Park Video, and go to the Goliad State Park Home PageFrom Goliad take U.S. 183/77A 0.25 mile to the park entrance.
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Central Gulf Coast Region:
La Bahia Loop:  McFaddin, Bloomington, Goliad, Refugio, Aransas NWR, Austwell, Woodsboro, Bayside, Sinton to Fulton, and Rockport
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bee County Bird Checklist
Bee County Bird Checklist with Photos
Barnhart Ranch & Nature Retreat Bird Checklist, Berclair & Goliad
 
Aransas River:
The Aransas River rises at the confluence of Olmos, Aransas, and Poesta Creeks, two miles north of Skidmore in south central Bee County. It flows southeast for forty miles, forming the boundary between San Patricio and Refugio counties and continuing into Aransas County where it empties into Copano Bay, ten miles northwest of Rockport, Texas.    
 
Lake Corpus Christi Information:
The La Fruita Dam, the original dam, washed out in November of 1929. Lake Corpus Christi, originally known as Lake Lovenskiod, was reformed by damming the Nueces River in 1935. Because of water leakage, the dam was replaced in 1958. This huge reservoir (lake) provides water for the City of Corpus Christi. The current Wesley E. Seale Dam has a height of 75 feet. The lake has 18.256 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 60 feet. The reservoir provides good largemouth bass and catfish fishing. Lake maps are available at the Lake Corpus Christi State Park office on Park Road 25. The lake is owned by the City of Corpus Christi. It is located 4 miles west of Mathis, and approximately 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi, Texas.For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Corpus Christi Home Page.
 
Lake Corpus Christi State Park Information: 
This 356 acre park is located in San Patricio, Jim Wells and Live Oak Counties, southwest of Mathis, Texas. The TPWD leased the land from Corpus Christi in 1934. The lease runs until 2032. Many of the park's facilities were built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), Company 886. The CCC was part of the New Deal Program under President FDR during the depression. This program was designed to provide jobs for out of work citizens. The CCC was involved in building many state park facilities across the nation, and some of the CCC's work is absolutely outstanding. Of the original CCC facilities at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, only the refectory and old pavilion remain. The Mediterranean style refectory was built of cast blocks of local caliche, and features a large terrace, a pavilion, a lookout tower, and a cast stone staircase leading to the lake trails. The park is located in a cove where the counties of San Patricio, Jim Wells, and Live Oak meet. The site of the park overlooks an area on the Nueces River which was a disputed boundary between Texas and Mexico. After the war the Rio Grande River became the official boundary. During the spring the park is a riot of bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information watch the Park Video and go to the Lake Corpus Christi State Park Home PageFrom Mathis: Take FM 1068 south approximately 4 miles to Park Road 25. Turn right on Park Road 25, and drive to the park entrance. The park is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Corpus Christi. Lake Corpus Christi State Park Facilities Map
 
Fort Lipantitlan State Historic Site Information:
Mexican forces constructed the wooden fort in 1831 in preparation of potential conflicts with Texians.
In 1835, the small Mexican guard force surrendered to Texan forces without a shot being fired. Today, there is nothing left of the fort. The only amenities are 6 picnic tables and Texas Historical markers. Activities include picnicking and birding. Hours and fees do not apply. For more information read Texas Forts History and an article by Charles M. Yates.The fort site is managed by Corpus Christi State Park. It is located 9 miles east of Orange Grove, off SH 359, FM 624 and FM 70. It is hard to find; call the Corpus Christi State Park for directions.(361) 547-2635.
 
Choke Canyon Reservoir Information:
The 25,670 surface acre Choke Canyon Reservoir was impounded on the Frio River and San Miguel Creek in 1982. The lake has a maximum depth of 95.5 feet. It empties into the Atascosa River which feeds the Nueces River and Lake Corpus Christi. The lake is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. It is one of the City of Corpus Christi’s water sources and is operated by the city. The lake is located four miles west of Three Rivers, Texas. For more complete lake information, go to the main OutAboutTexas menu bar at the top of this page and choose the lake from the Lakes menu.
  
Choke Canyon State Park Information:
This 1,485 acre park is located on the 26,000 surface acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, part of Corpus Christ's water supply source. The reservoir was formed when the Frio River was dammed a few miles upstream from where the Rio, Atascosa, and Nueces Rivers merge near Three Rivers, Texas. Ghost trees are still visible on some portions of the lake. The park consists of two units. The 1,100 acre Calliham Unit is located on a peninsula on SH 72, eleven miles west of Three Rivers in McMullen County. The 385 acre day use only South Shore Unit is located in Live Oak County below the dam on SH 72, 4 miles west of Three Rivers, Texas. Park habitat consists mainly of thick mesquite forest. The South Shore unit features a 75 surface acre man-made lake. Each unit entrance has a park headquarters. Wildlife sightings include turkey, whitetail deer, javelin, coyote, opossum, fox squirrel, armadillo, raccoon, alligators and skunks. Park entrance and camping fees apply.For more complete park information, read the Park Brochure, view the Park Video, and go to the Choke Canyon State Park Home Page. The South Shore Unit is located 3.5 miles west of Three Rivers, Texas, on SH 72. The Calliham Unit is located 12 miles west of Three Rivers on SH 72 (to Tilden).
 
James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 4,400 acre WMA is located on the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The WMA occupies five noncontiguous parcels adjacent to the lake. TPWD took over management of the property in 1981. The land is rough with habitat consisting of thorny scrub brush. Activities include hunting and nature study. Amenities include an interpretive nature trail, and a primitive campground used only for those hunting with Special Permits. The campground will open the evening prior to scheduled hunts. WMA access is limited. It is closed for Special Permit Hunts. Bring your own potable water. The WMA is located between Tilden and Three Rivers, Texas. For more complete WMA information, go to the James E. Daughtrey WMA Home Page. From Jourdanton go approximately 29 miles south on SH 16 to FM 3445 located 3 miles north of Tilden. Go east (left) on FM 3445 and drive 5.5 miles to the WMA entrance.
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
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