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    SABINE, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Jefferson County, Gulf Coast / East Texas
    32 miles S of Beaumont
    Just Off FM 3322
    Approx. .7 Mile S of Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site
    Across from the1856 Sabine Pass Lighthouse

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    Sabine before Hurricanes Rita and Ike
    Photo courtesy Bryan D Reynolds, 2005

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town of Sabine Pass was well-established by 1878. Investors from New York decided to start a new town and dug a six foot channel to connect their new town to the Gulf. A resort hotel opened and the town was the terminus for the Sabine and East Texas railroad. Storms were taken in stride, but particularly destructive ones in 1886 and 1900 hit the area hard and discouraged investment.

    Beaumont and Port Arthur offered better docking and maritime amenities, to say nothing of the entertainment options, so arriving ships sailed right past Sabine to the brighter lights.

    A post office opened in 1899. The Texas and New Orleans Railroad came in to use the existing rails and there were 300 people who mostly made a living fishing, mining sulphur, or engaging in what limited commerce was there. By 1925 the population had increased to 400.

    In 1933 the railroad was dismantled.and by the late 40s the population had declined to 250. By 1960 it had declined to only 100 with one business reported.

    See Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site
    Sabine before Hurricanes Rita and Ike
    Photo courtesy Bryan D Reynolds, 2005
    Map showing Sabine Lake
    Vintage area map showing railroad terminus at Sabine "City"
    Courtesy of Museum of Gulf Coast
    Residents of Sabine
    TE Photo
    Jefferson County Texas 1940s map
    1940s Jefferson County map showing Sabine
    (Near Sabine Pass. Below "N" in "JEFFERSON")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Sabine is featured in T. Lindsay Baker 's "More Ghost Towns of Texas."


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