2010 Census - 2,478
2000 Census - 1,885
Newton, Texas
Newton Texas History:
In 1829, the Mexican government authorized the settlement of this heavy forested area when it gave Lorenzo Manuel de Zavala an Empresario contract that included much of Southeast Texas. Newton County was formed from the eastern half of Jasper in 1846. Quicksand Creek and Burkeville served as Newton County seats until 1853. Because of problems with disputed land titles in Burkeville, a local committee chose a new townsite at the geographic center of the county, and platted the town of Newton, and John Moore built a county courthouse. The Newton post office was established in 1853. Burkeville was elected county seat in 1855, but county officials refused to move from Newton. In 1856, the Texas legislature reaffirmed Newton’s position as county seat. During the 1880s and 1890s, Newton had four general stores, a school, sawmill, gristmill, a flour mill, hotels, and between 150 to 200 residents. In 1906, the Orange and Northwestern Railway completed a line between Newton and Orange, Texas. The railroad provided a boost to the lumber industry and other local development. The Great Depression hurt the town’s economy. By World War II, many residents were commuting to Orange or Beaumont for work. Newton incorporated in 1935. Newton has some of the best specimens of Pyramid Magnolia and Bluejack Oak trees in the country. Newton is located just west of the Sabine River, the border between Texas and Louisiana, at the intersection of SH 87 and U.S. 190, 70 miles northeast of Beaumont, 54 miles northeast of Lumberton and Village Creek State Park, 34 miles northeast of Buna, approximately 30 miles northeast of B.A. Steinhagen Lake, 17.3 miles northeast of Kirbyville, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, 16 miles southeast of Jasper, 40 miles southeast of Pineland and the Moore Plantation WMA, 28.7 miles southwest of Toledo and the Toledo Bend Reservoir, 15 miles west of the Louisiana state line and the Sabine River, and 47 miles north of Deweyville, Texas.
Newton County Courthouse, 1902:
The courthouse was designed in second empire style by architects Martin & Moodie. The courthouse was restored after a 2000 fire. The clock tower has also been restored. A veteran’s monument is located on the square. The 2010 Newton County Census was 14,445. (409) 379-5691. 109 Court Street, Newton, Texas 75966. 
Newton County Historical Commission History Center & Museum:
The museum is located in the Howard Civic Center. It houses historical artifacts, genealogy records and thousands of historical documents relating to Newton County. A gift shop is located onsite. Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm. To make arrangements for afterhours appointments call (409) 379-2109. The museum is located one block east of the courthouse square at 213 Court Street, 75966. Email
Powell Hotel Museum & Chamber of Commerce:
This museum is housed in the former 1889 Male and Female College. In 1914, the building was converted to a hotel. The museum features exhibits and documents depicting the history of education and culture of Newton County. Open Tue & Thu, 10am-Noon; 1pm-5pm. (409) 379-5527. The museum is located on the courthouse square at 313 Rusk Street. Email
Newton County Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (409) 379-8300. 212 High Street.
Event Venue - Iris & Annie Howard Civic Center:
The Newton County Historical Commission History Center & Museum are located in the civic center. The center has a reservable banquet room and attached commercial kitchen. (409) 379-4006. (409) 370-5691. 213 Court Street, Newton
Event Venue - Newton County Fairgrounds:
Facilities include an outdoor pavilion, a banquet building, a show barn, animal pens, an arena, and restrooms. The Newton County Fair Association meets the first Monday of each month at 7pm at the Fairgrounds Arts & crafts building. (409) 379-8463.
Annual Newton Events:
Annual events include the five day Newton County Fair & Auction in early May, the Newton Relay for Life the last weekend in April, the Go Texas Barbeque Cook-off, the October Homecoming Parade and Bazaar, and the annual Christmas Lighting from late November through December.  
Annual Festival of Lights, Nov-Dec:
Activities include Santa’s Workshop (arts and crafts) and the Christmas Train tours of light displays; the workshop is open Friday and Saturday nights from the end of November until Christmas.(409) 379-5527.This event is held at Caney Creek Park.The park is located adjacent to the Powell Hotel Museum and Chamber of Commerce (313 Rusk Street).