The City of Orange is located in Orange County Texas on Interstate Highway I-10, about 30 miles east of Beaumont, and near the Louisiana border. The city is a point of what is known as the "Golden Triangle" along with Port Arthur and Beaumont.
The city came into existence in 1836, the year Texas won its independence from Mexico. The dredging of the harbor in 1916 enabled the construction of ships during World War I. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, World War II had a dramatic impact on the city of Orange. Almost overnight the small town of 7,000 residents became a bustling “booming” city as shipyards began building ships again. Other local industries were expanded to meet tremendous wartime demands.
The Port of Orange became a deep-water port open to the Gulf of Mexico and the world's oceans when a 25-foot channel through Sabine Lake, past Sabine Pass, and out to the Gulf of Mexico was completed. The port continues today as an integral part of the East Texas economy and business environment.
Among the industries operating today in Orange are petrochemical products, steel fabrication, shipbuilding, rubber products, paper products, and plastics.
Today, Orange offers its 19,000 citizens an array of employment, recreation and shopping opportunities.
The Orange Zip Codes are 77630-77632, and its Area Code is 409. Commercial aviation service is located at nearby Southeast Texas Regional Airport, and general aviation service is provided by Orange County Airport.
Although Orange has been severely damaged by Hurricanes Rita, Ike and Harvey in recent years, its citizens remain strong and committed to rebuilding and continuing the East Texas lifestyle!
Orange offers residents and visitors a wide-range of attractions and things to do. From museums to entertainment districts, from historic sites to a wealth of outdoor activities, Orange has it all!
Included below are highlights of popular Orange attractions ... but there are many more. For a complete review of attractions, maps, events and more, we highly recommend a visit to the website of the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Lutcher Theater is a 1,450-seat performing arts facility. It is the largest Performing Arts Series from Houston, Texas, to Jacksonville, Florida, with annual attendance at approximately 30,000 adults and children. Residents and visitors enjoy Broadway musicals, festive holiday plays, stand-up comedy shows, and special kid-friendly performances. For opening hours, events, tickets and other information, visit the website of the Lutcher Theater. (photo courtesy of Orange CVB)
Shangri La Botanical Gardens
The formal 252-acregardens contain more than 300 plant species.
Adjacent to the Botanical Gardens is a bird blind which allows visitors to observe nesting birds in Shangri La’s heronry.
The Nature Center includes a hands-on exhibit called the Nature Discovery Center, a laboratory, and three outdoor classrooms located deep in the cypress swamp.
W.H. Stark House
Built in 1894, the W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
It is a restored, 14,000-square-foot Victorian home located on the corner between Green Avenue and Sixth Street in Orange.
Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA
Accessible from the Texas Travel Information Center just west of the Sabine River at Orange, the wildlife management area features a 600-foot-long boardwalk into the surrounding wetlands. Visitors and nature lovers will see bald cypress and tupelo trees and watch bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, kingfishers and other wildlife.
Lamar State College Orange has a student body of approximately 2,700. Two-year academic programs are offered in business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, liberal arts, theater, natural science and sociology.
These academic programs lead to associate of science degrees and will transfer to four-year institutions for students seeking baccalaureate degrees. Thirty technical programs are available, leading to associate of applied science degrees, certificates of completion and institutional awards. Some of these degrees include process operating and industrial technology, instrumentation, and medical office.
It is located at 410 front Street in Orange. For more information, visit the Lamar State College Website
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