Medio Creek and the Cart War of 1857

From Student Researcher William Alexander; Creeks and rivers are major landmarks in our maps. They hold particular interest for surveyors; they are some of the most common natural monuments used as boundaries for properties. Although rivers meander over time, and are thus unsuitable points for georectification, they are still very helpful for helping to place a map in the real world, especially when they intersect with a road or another river. In this article’s map, our most notable landmarks are where Highway 181 crosses over Medio Creek, and where San Domingo Creek converges with Medio Creek a little northwest of… Read more »


City Map of Beeville, 1947

From Student Researcher William Alexander; Today’s map is of the city of Beeville, which is the center of the Pennyfenner collection. The majority of our documents come from the offices of Fenner, Whalen, and Penney, who were all the County Surveyors for Bee County, headquartered in Beeville. We archivists have gotten very familiar with the city; I think I’m almost to the point of knowing its street names and layout better than that of my home town (of course, my hometown doesn’t have a Star Trek Dr next to Sunkist Dr, so maybe the issue is with memorability). This city… Read more »