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MAURICEVILLE, TEXAS
AKA Maurice, Texas

Orange County, Gulf Coast / East Texas
State Highways 12 and State Highway 62
NW of Orange
About 17 Miles NE of Beaumont

Population: 2,743 (2000)


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History in a Pecan Shell

Mauriceville had the blessing of becoming a crossroads of two railroads. In 1898 the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railroad arrived and four years later, it was the Orange and Northwestern. Being a railroad town, and a crossroads, at that, railroad officials (who usually held naming rights) decided to honor the first president of the Orange and Northwestern by naming it after his son Maurice (Miller).

A post office was granted in 1906 and the Beaumont Land Corporation took charge of selling lots to prospective residents in 1910.

To say that lumbering was the region’s main economic engine would be an understatement. In 1917 the R. W. Wier Lumber Company built a tram road north and west of the tiny (pop 50 in 1920) community.

The “limit-less” forests of East Texas were found to have limits after all and mills and processing plants started dying off . Orange County was perhaps better warned than other counties and switched to other industries such as rice and dairy farming.

Mauriceville never accumulated a large population and even into the 1980s, it had less than 200 people. Yet the 1990 census counted 2,046 people while the 2000 census reported nearly 3,000 residents.
Orange County TX 1907 postal map

Orange County TX 1907 postal map showing Mauriceville
(near Lemonville, NW of Orange)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Mauriceville, Texas
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