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PIGEON ROOST PRAIRIE. Pigeon Roost Prairie is on U.S. Highway 69/287 four miles south of Kountze and twenty-three miles northwest of Beaumont in southern Hardin County. There are at least two different versions of the prairie's origin in the midst of heavily forested Hardin County. One holds that the birds' accumulated droppings killed the trees, thus producing a prairie. Another holds that settlers deliberately cut the trees in an effort to drive the pigeons away and that the trees simply never grew back. Both agree that millions of pigeons once roosted in the area.


Francis E. Abernethy, ed., Tales from the Big Thicket (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1966). Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"PIGEON ROOST PRAIRIE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.