City of Kountze, Texas

City of Kountze, Texas

The City of Kountze is the seat of Hardin County, Texas. Photograph by M Hammack.
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Kountze is at the junction of Farm roads 418 and 1293, State Highway 326, and U.S. Highway 69/287, twenty-seven miles northwest of Beaumont in central Hardin County. It was named for Herman and Augustus Kountze, financial backers of the Sabine and East Texas Railroad, and became a station on the line. Retail businesses and lumbermen accompanied the railroad; sawmills were established at Plank, Nona, and Olive, all within three miles of Kountze. A post office was opened there in 1882. An attempt in 1884 to make Kountze the county seat failed by eleven votes. However, after a courthouse fire in 1886, voters reversed their earlier decision and overwhelmingly made Kountze the Hardin county seat the following year.

The arrival of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in 1902 gave Kountze an east-west route to join the older north-south line. Kountze voters agreed to incorporate their thriving lumber and retail community in 1902. By 1910 the population, which had been 295 in 1890, was estimated to be 1,000. Kountze was one of the first towns in Hardin County with electricity. The decline of the area's lumber industries, however, along with a fire in 1916, slowed development, as did the growth of nearby Silsbee. By the mid-1940s the population of Kountze had fallen to 800.

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

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Place type

Kountze is classified as a Town


Latitude: 30.37252480
Longitude: -94.31592200

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Kountze by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
1,981 2020 United States Census Bureau
2,130 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,123 2010 United States Census Bureau
2,115 2000 United States Census Bureau
2,067 1990 United States Census Bureau
2,716 1980 United States Census Bureau
2,173 1970 United States Census Bureau
1,768 1960 United States Census Bureau
1,651 1950 United States Census Bureau