China, Texas

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China is a city in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,112 at the 2000 census. It is part of the BeaumontPort Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.



China was first known as the "China Grove" for the railroad water stop that sat amidst a grove of "chinaberry trees. A post office was later erected under the same name, and then a short time later changed to simply China in 1893. Following a fire at the nearby China Grove railroad depot in 1906, the railroad moved their new depot to the community of Nashland, but retained the name "China" as the name of the depot. The Nashland post office then changed its name to China shortly afterward. It wasn't until 1971 that the community voted for incorporation to what is now known as China, Texas.[3]


China is located at 30°3′15″N 94°19′55″W / 30.05417°N 94.33194°W / 30.05417; -94.33194 (30.054259, -94.331882)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it is land and 0.77% is water.

The chinaberry trees have all but gone extinct today. In fact, some of the only examples of the trees in the area are in the front lawn of the city's civic complex. The two trees were transplanted in the mid 90's, and are steadily growing. However, several local China and Meeker natives have taken to graphing and nurturing some of the few remaining China Berry trees. For years, China hosted an annual festival named after the trees, the Chinaberry Festival, to celebrate the city's people in a time of coming together. The festival featured a parade, local country musicians, and many booths fielded by local vendors and church groups. However the town has not hosted the festival since the destruction of Hurricane Rita in 2005.


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