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map of Hardin County
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Physical Features: Southeast county; timbered; many streams, Neches River; sandy, loam soils; Big Thicket covers much of area.

Economy: Paper manufacturing, wood processing, minerals, food processing, oil and gas; county in Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange metropolitan area.

locator map for Hardin County

History: Lorenzo de Zavala received first land grant in 1829. Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1830. County created and organized in 1858 from Jefferson, Liberty counties. Named for Texas Revolutionary leader William Hardin.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 86.1; Black, 5.6; Hispanic, 5.0; Asian, 0.7; Other, 0.6; Two or more races, 1.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 696; deaths, 536; marriages, 390; divorces, 304.

Recreation: Big Thicket National Preserve with rare plant, animal life; Red Cloud Water Park in Silsbee; hunting, fishing; Village Creek State Park; Cajun Country Music Festival in October in Kountze.

Minerals: Oil, gas, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, blueberries, bees and rice. Market value $4.7 million. Timber provides most income; more than 85% of county forested. Hunting leases.

KOUNTZE (2,130) county seat; government/services, retail center, commuting to Beaumont; library, museum.

SILSBEE (6,815) forest products, rail center, oil, gas; library, Ice House museum; Dulcimer Festival in fall.

LUMBERTON (12,834) construction, government/services, tourism; library; Village Creek Festival in October.

Other towns and places include: Batson (140); Pinewood Estates (1,680); Rose Hill Acres (415); Saratoga (1,000) Big Thicket Museum; Sour Lake (1,940) oil, lumbering; Old Timer’s Day in September; Thicket (306); Village Mills (200); Votaw (160), and Wildwood (1,164).

Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket National Preserve. Photo from National Park Service (CC).