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PORT NECHES, TEXAS


Jefferson County, Texas Gulf Coast

2958'51"N 9357'37"W (29.980863, -93.960382)

Highway 347, FMs 365 and 366
7 miles NW of Port Arthur
10 miles SE of Beaumont the county seat
33 miles SW of Orange
95 miles E of Houston
20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico
ZIP code 77651
Area code 409
Population: 12,655 Est.(2019)
13,040 (2010) 13,601 (2000) 12,974 (1990)

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History in a Seashell

For the first 60 years of it's life Port Neches was known as Grigsby's Bluff. Settlers found that the area had previously been an Indian village and started retrieving relics from the time they arrived.

In the 1830s a man named McKinney surveyed his land on which he was planning a town he wanted to name Georgia. McKinney sold the property, however and it was bought by Joseph Grigsby who had no intentions of naming the place Georgia. Grigsby modestly named the place Grigsby's Bluff and established a plantation and boat landing.

In 1862 The Confederate Army erected Fort Grigsby to block a Union invasion of the area. Federal forces were repulsed in October 1862, and Fort Grigsby was abandoned in January 1863.

A post office was opened shortly before the war, closed for the war, reopened and closed again (for good) in 1893 when the population of Grigsby's Bluff was less than 100 persons.

On its way to Port Arthur, the Kansas City railroad put a stop at Grigsby's Bluff and called it Port Neches. Even though there was no post office to officially undergo a name change, Port Neches sounded like growth to the citizens and the Grigsby name was soon dropped.

The newly-formed Texas Oil Company from nearby Spindletop opened a refinery at Port Neches in 1906.

In 1915 rice production and oranges groves were major crops, but interest in citrus waned after hurricanes and frosts. With the demand for refinery and oil well workers, Port Neches grew rapidly during World War II.



Historical Marker: 600 block of Grigsby St., across from Port Neches Park at corner of Grigsby and Park St.

Grigsby's Bluff

(1834-1902)

Joseph Grigsby (1771-1841) and family migrated from Kentucky to the Sabine area in 1827. He is said to have been the first grower of cotton in East Texas. In 1834 he received a grant of 17 labors (3,009 acres) of land on the Neches. Here he built a wharf for sidewheel steamers and founded town of Grigsby's Bluff. He served in 2nd, 3rd and 5th congresses of the Republic of Texas. His settlement became Port Neches, and his family has given many leaders to Texas. A huge pecan tree (at Texaco Refinery, 6 blocks SE) marks site of Grigsby's Bluff.
1969



Port Neches, Texas Chronicles

  • Demise of Reptilian 'Big Tooth' drew crowds by W. T. Block
    Eastland, Texas may have had Ol' Rip, but Southeast Texas had 'Big Tooth.'

  • 'Big Tooth' alligator in Port Neches, Texas
    'Big Tooth'
    Photo courtesy W. T. Block


    TX - Jefferson County 1907 postal map
    Jefferson County 1907 postal map showing The Neches River, Sabine Lake, Nederland, Port Arthur, Port Neches, Beaumont, Orange and Sabine Pass
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Nederland
    Port Arthur
    Sabine Pass
    Orange
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