Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 10,579
2000 Census - 11,440
Vidor, Texas
Vidor Texas History:
In 1898, the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railroad established a line through this area enabling the heavy development of the lumber industry. The town was named Vidor after lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor who purchased the Beaumont Sawmill Company and later established the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company. A post office was established by 1909. In 1913 the company built a tram line which the locals called the Peach Line. It opened up thousands of acres of virgin timber to loggers; almost all Vidor residents worked for the company. In 1924 the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company moved to Lakeview because local timber stands were depleted, but a small settlement remained. The Miller-Vidor subdivision was platted out in 1929. Rice, cotton, and cattle became important local industries. By 1950 the town had 2,136 residents. The town incorporated in 1960. During the 1960s Vidor continued to attract large numbers of new residents as people left the large urban centers; by 1970 the town had 9,738 residents. Georgetown Texas steel built a new $50 million plant in 1974 causing more growth. Vidor is located at the intersections of IH-10/U.S. 90, SH 12 and FM 105 (North Main Street), 6 miles east of Beaumont, 25.8 miles northwest of Port Neches, 32 miles northwest of Port Arthur, 45 miles northwest of Sabine Pass, 19.5 miles northwest of Bridge City, 20 miles west of Orange, 10.5 miles southwest of Mauriceville, and 22.7 miles southeast of Lumberton, Texas.
Vidor Walk of Fame:
This walkway honors citizens of Vidor who receive national prominence in music, the arts or politics. Some of those receiving stars include Huey Buxton, James Deacon Anderson, Tracy Byrd, Walter Buddy Davis, Rachel Elizabeth Watkins DeTrejo, Johnny Freeman, George Jones, Billie Jo Spears, Clay Walker and others. The walkway is located in front of city hall at 1395 North Main Street. 
Vidor Public Library & Pirate Pride Park:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The small park is located adjacent to the library. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (409) 769-7148. 440 East Bolivar Street.
Annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival and Bar B Que Cook-off, Apr:
Activities include a parade, a pageant, a carnival, live music, a crawfish race and eating contest, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a BBQ cook-off. Open Fri, 5pm-11pm; Sat, 10am-11pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. An admission fee applies. (409) 782-3488. This event is held at the MCF Grounds at 7411 Cohenour Road in Mauriceville, Texas. Mauriceville is located 11 miles southwest of Deweyville, and 20 miles northeast of Beaumont, Texas. Mauriceville Map; Click to Enlarge  Mauriceville Texas Area Map
Annual Texas Star Music Festival & Texas Bar-B-Q Fest, Apr:
This two day event features Texas and nationally known musicians performing on two stages. 2010 acts included Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Tillery, Georgette Jones (daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette,) Billy Joe Spears and others. Additional activities include the BBQ cook-off, vendors, and carnival rides. A small admission fee applies. This event is held at Conn Park. (409) 769-6339. 
Beaumont Farmer's Market, March Through November:
The market is open mid-March through November on Saturdays, 8am-11am at 950 Langham Road, 77707. They are located at the Beaumont Municipal Athletic Complex on the south side of College Street under the basketball court. 
Griffin Berry Farm Produce, Beaumont:
They raise and sell mayhaws, blueberries, pears, Muscadine grapes, Satsuma oranges and kumquats. (409) 753-2247. 2394 Moore Road, 77713.
Pura Vida (Crawfish & Shrimp) Farms, Hamshire:
They ship live crawfish anywhere in the USA. They sell fresh shrimp, and purged crawfish which are kept in clean well water after they are harvested from the field. (409) 296-3005. 24790 IH-10 West (Exit 833), Hampshire, Texas. Email  Map
South East Texas Crawfish Farm:
They sell purged crawfish. Open Thu-Fri, 3pm-5pm; Sat, 9am-12 noon. Call to arrange other pick-up times. (409) 794-1387.  They are located on IH-10, just northeast of Hamshire Road (Exit 833). Map