Introduction to Orange, Texas
Orange, Texas, in Orange county, is 17 miles NE of Port Arthur, Texas (center to center) and 100 miles E of Houston, Texas. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Beaumont - Port Arthur metropolitan area. Orange contains a population of approximately 18,643.
The area now known as the City of Orange was established in 1836. Prior to that, it was inhabited by the Atakapas Indians. Originally, the city was named Green's Bluff after Resin Green, a Sabine River boatman who arrived in the city sometime before 1830. It was renamed Madison in 1840 in honor of U.S. President James Madison. Finally, in 1858, the city adopted its present name because there was another Madisonville in Texas. The city of Orange was named after the wild orange groves that grow on the riverbank.
Orange and nearby Attractions
- Shangri La Gardens and Nature Center
- Stark Museum of Art
- Heritage House Museum
- W.H. Stark House
- Heritage History Museum of Orange County
- Big Thicket National Preserve
Things To Do In Orange
While staying in Orange, one can enjoy a variety of recreational acitivities at Solomon Johnson Park, Sunset Park, Pinhurst City Park, and Navy Park. The city is also home to the Shangri - La Botanical Gardens and Heritage History Museum of Orange County. Orange also hosts the Cajun Heritage Festival every year in the month of May. In addition, Orange provides easy access to Sam Houston Jones State Park and Sea Rim State Park.
Southeast Texas Regional Airport is the nearest airport.
Orange Higher Education
Lamar State College-Orange is the local college. McNeese State University, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Lee College also offer higher educational facilities.