Groves, Texas

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Groves is a city in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. The population was 15,733 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 14,393.[3] It is part of the BeaumontPort Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Groves is located at 29°56′50″N 93°54′57″W / 29.947113°N 93.915829°W / 29.947113; -93.915829 (29.947113, -93.915829).[4] It is situated approximately eleven miles southeast of Beaumont in eastern Jefferson County. The city of Port Arthur borders Groves on three sides (southeast, southwest, and northeast), while Port Neches lies to the northwest.[5] Three State Highways73, 87, and 347 – pass through or near the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.4 km2) of it is land and 0.19% is water.

History

In 1886, Sam Lee moved his family from a Sabine Lake settlement in Port Arthur to a new home on 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land.[6] It would be in that same general area around 1911 that John Warne Gates purchased additional tracts of land. The land was conveyed to the Griffing brothers of Port Arthur in 1916 and three years later, Griffing Brothers Nursery employee Wiley Choate supervised the planting of several thousand pecan trees on a 385-acre (1.56 km2) tract.[6] In 1921, the Port Arthur Land Development Company took control of the site and divided the land into a residential subdivision known as Pecan Grove. The name was later shortened to "Groves," after development representative and pioneer Port Arthurian Asa Groves.[7]

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