Texas' easternmost city on the Sabine River boundary with Louisiana was established in 1836, the year of Texas' independence. It was named for the landmark of wild orange groves on the banks of the Sabine, as cited by early French and Spanish boatmen. Today, Orange is a recreational and industrial portal to Texas. Abundant freshwater and saltwater fishing and hunting and bird-watching opportunities are available in vast coastal marshes.
Take in a performance at the Lutcher Theatre for the Performing Arts (409/886-5535) or the Orange Community Playhouse (409/882-9137). Visit the Farmer's Mercantile and browse among an incredible variety of farm, ranch and agricultural items on display, from horse collars and 19th-century cream crocks to modern hybrid seeds and pH soil testers. Sixth and Division streets. 409/883-2941.
Mileage marker 880 in Orange County, Texas, is the highest numbered in the nation.
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