2010 Census - 6,611
2000 Census - 6,393
Silsbee, Texas
Silsbee Texas History:
In 1894, the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City Railway established a line to the site in order to open the area to logging. After the line was completed, the Texas Pine and Land Association under the direction of John Henry Kirby established a logging camp and sawmill at the current site of Silsbee. The settlement was first called Mill Town, but was renamed Silsbee after one of Kirby’s East Coast partners. In 1901, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway purchased the GBKC line and built mechanical shops and a roundhouse in Silsbee, and extended the line to the Trinity River, giving access to more timber. In 1902, the Kirby Lumber Company purchased the original sawmill. The nearby community of Red Cut was platted in the late 1800s. In 1906, the small community of Woodrow was established and became home to many of the town’s railroad workers. The Woodrow post office was open from 1913-1918. Red Cut and Woodrow gradually became a part of Silsbee. Major oilfields were discovered north of Silsbee in 1936 and 1941. Silsbee also became a center for the area’s truck and fruit farmers. Silsbee is the principal commercial center of Hardin County. Major industries include oil, railroad, timber and agriculture. Silsbee is located on Village Creek just west of the Neches River at the intersection of U.S. 96, SH 327, SH 418 and SH 92, 21 miles north of Beaumont, 6 miles slightly northeast of Lumberton, 52 miles northeast of Liberty, 27 miles northeast of Sour Lake, 9.4 miles southeast of Kountze, 42 miles southeast of Woodville, 51 miles southwest of Jasper, 32 miles southwest of Kirbyville, 16.8 miles southwest of Buna, and 36 miles slightly northwest of Deweyville, Texas.
Silsbee Texas Ice House Museum & Cultural Center:
The building was built by Gulf States Utilities in 1928 as an ice house. With the invention of refrigeration, ice production decreased from its peak of 30,000 tons a week, to enough to provide for recreational use and events. The ice house closed in 1983. In 1991, it received Silsbee’s only Texas Historical Landmark designation. At this time volunteers began restoring the building for its present day use as a museum featuring a fine arts exhibition hall. Its two galleries feature short and long term exhibitions. It is the favorite venue of local artists wishing to display their work. The museum is also the home of the Hardin County Genealogical Society. Special shows and open houses are scheduled throughout the year. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. (409) 385-2444. 818 Earnest Avenue, Silsbee, Texas.
Silsbee Little Theater, Silsbee, TX:
The theater’s first play, “You Can’t Take It with You,” was produced in 1967. The theatre has acquired an outstanding reputation in Southeast Texas for the plays it produces using local talent. Its annual spring dinner theater production has become a favorite area event. The theater hosts a monthly reading and a summer youth theatre program. Its current home is the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Silsbee. (409) 385-5428. 106 North 6th Street.
Silsbee Performing & Visual Arts Council:
This council enhances arts education within the Silsbee ISD. They ensure that each student is provided with at least one theatre, music, literary and visual arts program each school year. Outreach programs include sponsoring the kid’s area at Christmas in the Big Thicket, and an annual student’s exhibit at the ice House Museum. (409) 385-5286.
Silsbee 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, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed Sunday. (409) 385-4831. 195 North 4th Street. Email  

Honky Tonk Texas:

They host live music on weekends, Wednesday night karaoke, Thursday night washer tournaments, and pool tournaments on Wednesday and the first Sunday of each month. Open Tue-Fri, 4pm-Midnight; Sat, 4pm-1am; Sun 2pm-Midnight; closed Monday. (409) 386-1995. 2389 U.S. 96 S. Event Calendar
Sztraky Farms, U-Pick Blackberries, Silsbee, TX:
They grow and sell blackberries (mid-May-June), plums (May-June) and figs (May-June). Grapefruit and Satsuma oranges are available November through February. They also sell frozen blackberries, blackberry concentrate, homemade blackberry jams and jellies, Mayhaw concentrate, and 100% pure uncut Mayhaw jelly. (409) 385-2835. 2541 FM 92, Silsbee. Email 
Annual Veteran's Day Celebration:
Annual Veterans Day event honoring veterans is presented by Silsbee High School Students. Activities include a guest speaker, posting of colors, a bagpipe performance and a Wall of Honor as a tribute to deceased local veterans. Chamber: (409) 385-5562. This event is held at the Silsbee High School Performing Arts Center at 1575 U.S. 96 North.
Annual Silsbee Little Theatre Dinner Theatres, March & April:
These popular annual events are hosted by the theatre. (409) 385-5428. 106 North 6th Street.
Annual Cruisin Silsbee, Third Weekend in April:
This event features a vintage, antique and sports car parade, drag races and other entertainment. (409) 385-5562.
Annual July 4th Fireworks Display, July:
July and New Year’s Eve fireworks are donated to the Silsbee Fire Department by the Texas Fireworks Company. (409) 385-5562.
Annual Battle of the Bands, Aug or Sept:
This live music event is open 2pm-10pm. Daiquiris, margaritas, beer, wine and food will be sold. Guests are may bring lawn chairs and canopies. This event is held at the Paradise Water Park at 4675 U.S. 96. (409) 385-7946. Email
Annual Running Dead 5K, Mid-Sept:
This is a zombie apocalyptic themed obstacle course race. Racers are chased by zombies, and must move from one safety area to another. This event is held at the Paradise Water Park at 4675 U.S. 96. (409) 385-7946. Email
Annual Christmas in the Big Thicket, First Saturday in Dec:
This three day event in downtown Silsbee features arts, crafts and food booths, live performances, a dog parade, photos with Santa Claus, wiener dog races, a one mile run, a children’s area, a lighted parade, and the Make-And-Take-It at the Ice House Museum. Museum: (409) 385-5428. 140 North 6th Street. Chamber: (409) 385-5562.
Mi Pueblo Restaurant, Silsbee, TX: 
(409) 385-5284. The restaurant is located at 980 SH 327 East. Reviews 
The Cottage Restaurant, Silsbee: 
This popular restaurant serves catfish, shrimp, steaks, very good burgers, great steak fries, sandwiches, and salads, including a good chef salad. Open Mon-Sat, 8:30am-9pm. (409) 385-9057. 5125 Old Evadale Highway. Reviews
West Texas Style Bar-B-Que, Silsbee: 
This popular East Texas barbeque restaurant serves mesquite smoked BBQ, sandwiches, homemade sides, and homemade pies and rolls. Check the reviews. Open Mon-Sat, 8:30am-9pm. (409) 385-9057. 3078 U.S. 96. Reviews