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Kountze (Hardin County)

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Omaha bankers Herman and Augustus Kountze developed the Sabine and East Texas Railroad extending north from Beaumont and in 1881 laid out a town, attracting numerous sawmills to the immediate area. Kountze was named the county seat in 1887. Oil discoveries in the early 1950s supported the area’s economy following the decline of forestry. Scattered sections of the Big Thicket National Preserve are all that remain of the once pervasive dense swamp and forest landscape.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.

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