Bridge City

Bridge City is at the junction of State Highway 73/87 and Farm Road 1442, twenty-two miles southeast of Beaumont in southern Orange County. It was originally called Prairie View for its location on the coastal prairie and became known as Bridge City after the construction of a notable highway bridge over the Neches River linking Orange County to Port Arthur. The Bridge City post office was established in 1946, and by 1952 the estimated population had reached 3,000. Industrial growth was aided by the channelization of Cow Bayou, the completion of a private electric plant in 1962, and the presence of nearby oilfields and petrochemical plants. Despite Bridge City's rapid growth, voters proved reluctant to incorporate their community. Although the population was 4,677 in 1960, two incorporation attempts in 1961 failed to secure a majority of voters. In 1970 Bridge City electors finally agreed to incorporate by a margin of 677 to 466. By that time, the population had increased to 8,164. In 1980 the population was 7,667, and in 1990 it was 8,034, and in 2000 it was 8,651.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Bridge City is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Prairie View)

Locations

  • Latitude
    30.03163930
    Longitude
    -93.83979500

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Bridge City by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Bridge City
Pop. Year Source
7,900 2019 Texas Demographic Center
7,840 2010 Texas Demographic Center
8,651 2000 Texas Demographic Center
8,010 1990 Texas Demographic Center
7,667 1980 Texas Demographic Center
8,164 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,677 1960 Texas Demographic Center