MAURICEVILLE, TEXAS. Mauriceville, also known as Maurice, is at the junction of State highways 12 and 62, seventeen miles northeast of Beaumont in north central Orange County. It was established in the wake of the construction of two railroads: the Texarkana and Fort Smith (in 1898) and the Orange and Northwestern (1902). The community, located at the junction of the railroads, was named for Maurice Miller, son of the first president of the Orange and Northwestern. Mauriceville secured a post office in 1906. The town was developed by the Beaumont Land Corporation, which sold its first lot there in 1910. Lumbering proved to be the area's chief business, and the 1917 construction by the R. W. Wier Lumber Company of a tram road north and west of Mauriceville was an important boon to local residents. In 1920 the population of Mauriceville was estimated at fifty. As the rapid depletion of timber hurt the lumber industry in Orange County, rice, truck, and dairy farming became increasingly important to the community economy, though a few sawmills remained. By the early 1980s Mauriceville had 175 residents; nine businesses served the community in 1983. In 1990 its population was reported as 2,046. The population grew to 2,743 in 2000.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Wooster, "Mauriceville, TX," accessed April 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlm36.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles