Beeville, TX Bee County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1911

Bee County Courthouse 1879-1911

COUNTY RECORDS INTACT.

Court House at Beeville Was Insured for $4,200 -- Contract for $75,000 Structure Let.

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.

Beeville, Tex. Jan. 17. -- The ruins of the Bee County court house, which was burned here last night, sufficiently cooled by this morning for the vault containing the county records to be opened.  They were found to be intact, nothing being injured.

The outer-door of the safe of the Tax Collector fell open during the fire and the tax rolls were lost, but the polltax books were not consumed, though badly scorched.

All the County Surveyor's papers, including a valuable map of the county, on which he was at work, together with the field notes were destroyed.

County Judge Cox also lost a valuable abstract on which he has been at work for the past four years.  He had spent $2,000 upon it.

The insurance policies carried by the county upon the building for $4,200 were found in the Tax Collector's safe, somewhat scorched, but entirely legible.

The building consumed is one of the few remaining frame court houses to be found in Texas.  It was built in 1879 of Florida pine, carted from the of Port of St. Mary's, forty miles from here.  The County Commissioners had Wednesday let the contract for a new brick court house to cost $75,000 and had contracted with a local builder to removed the old court house.

The origin of the fire still remains a mystery.  At the telephone office, just across the street, a call was sent in for a physician at 11:20.  The operator noticed no fire at that time.  Five minutes later his attention was attracted by the glare of fire and the entire southeast corner of the building was bursting with flames.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 18 Jan 1911