Silsbee, Texas

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Silsbee is a city in Hardin County, Texas, United States. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 96 and State Highway 327. The population was 6,393 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BeaumontPort Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Silsbee is located at 30°20′53″N 94°10′49″W / 30.34806°N 94.18028°W / 30.34806; -94.18028 (30.348095, -94.180220)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²), all land.

Historical Development

Silsbee was first referred to as Mill Town when the site was first reached by the Gulf, Beaumont, and Kansas City Railway in 1894. The town was renamed in recognition of Nathaniel Silsbee, an investor from Boston, Massachusetts who helped provide funds for the railway.[4] The railroad was a project of John Henry Kirby who would soon establish the Kirby Lumber Company in the city. This business would be the main employer and strength of the Silsbee economy from the city’s beginning.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,393 people, 2,385 households, and 1,714 families residing in the city. The population density was 849.0 people per square mile (327.8/km²). There were 2,662 housing units at an average density of 353.5/sq mi (136.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.85% White, 32.04% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.39% of the population.

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