West Orange, TX

By: Robert Wooster

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

West Orange is on Farm Road 1006 just southwest of Orange and thirty miles east of Beaumont in southeastern Orange County. The town plat for the West Orange addition to Orange was filed in 1902. A substantial residential community developed by virtue of the site's position between the industrial facilities at Orange, those to the south at Port Vernon, which were planned by 1903, and those to the north at Doc Brown Station, at the junction of the Texas and New Orleans and Orange and Northwestern railroads. Oil and brick production was centered at Port Vernon, and a rice warehouse, the Peden Iron and Steel Company, and the county dipping vat were located at Doc Brown Station. In 1954 West Orange was incorporated by a 381–90 vote. During the 1950s the population doubled, from 2,539 in 1950 to 5,080 in 1960. Like many areas of heavily industrialized Jefferson and Orange counties, however, West Orange declined during the two decades which followed. By 1980 the number of residents living there had dropped to 4,610. In 1990 the population was 4,187. The population was 4,111 in 2000.

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Wooster, “West Orange, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 16, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/west-orange-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995

West Orange
Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Orange County
  • Latitude: 30.07905450°
  • Longitude: -93.75986200°
Population Counts
People Year
2,539 1950
4,848 1960
4,820 1970
4,610 1980
4,187 1990
4,111 2000
3,443 2010
3,378 2019