The City of Vidor is located in western Orange County in South EastTexas on Interstate Highway I-10, west of Orange and east of Beaumont. Located near the scenic Neches River, the City was incorporated in 1960.
The area was heavily logged after the construction of the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway, later part of the Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railway that ran from Kansas City to Port Arthur. The city was named after lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor.
|9,789 residents in the 2020 Federal Census
The Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center provides information and assistance to travelers throughout the nine counties of Southeast Texas. It is located at 5055 Interstate Highway 10 South. Phone 409.842.0500 for opening hours and other information. (photo courtesy of Beaumont CVB)
Big Thicket National Preserve
The Big Thicket is an area of dense forest located north and northwest of Beaumont.
This 97,000 acre National Preserve protects a unique environmental confluence of swamps, coastal prairies, piney woods, plant life and animals.
Established in 1974, Big Thicket National Preserve protects a biologically significant portion of the Piney Woods of southeast Texas.
For more information visit the Big Thicket website at NPS
Blue Elbow Swamp & Tony Houseman WMA
Accessible from the Texas Travel Information Center just west of the Sabine River at Orange, the wildlife management area features a 600-foot-long boardwalk into the surrounding wetlands. Visitors and nature lovers will see bald cypress and tupelo trees and watch bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets, kingfishers and other wildlife.
While visiting the Vidor area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
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