1895 in east central Jasper County.
This small city is located on the Gulf, Colorado, and
Santa Fe Railroad paths. As well as being at the terminus
of the Jasper and Eastern Railroad.
Kirbyville was named after John Henry Kirby, who along with R.P. Allen, laid out the
town site. John Henry Kirby was known as "Prince of the
one time producing more Southern Pine lumber than any man
in the world!
Today, lumber is still the king,
but agribusiness and tourism play an important role in
Kirbyville is only minutes away
from the popular Texas lakes - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam
Rayburn Reservoir, and B.A. Steinhagen lake. It's also right smack dab in the middle of
national and state forests, as well as the Big Thicket
National Preserve. Because of the abundance of trees, birding is a popular activity here.
the forests with the popular Magnolia Festival each April.
For information on events,
accommodations, and area attractions, contact the local
chamber of commerce at 105 South Elizabeth St. Open Mon.
- Fri. I p.m.; (409)423-5827.
Under the direction of the Kirbyville Area Heritage
Society, this wonderful museum
contains artifacts, information, and history of local
significance. Housed in an old jail house built in 1910.
Open Wed. - Fri. 10 a.m. p.m. At Elizabeth and
Exotic Cat Refuge and Wildlife
Non-profit reserve offers
refuge, assistance, and rehabilitation to rare and
endangered exotic cats as well as other wildlife. It's a
,State and federally licensed orphanage for lions,
tigers, leopards, cougars, bears, and wolves, to name a
few. Shelter is normally open Tues. - Sun. afternoons,
but it's best to call for reservations. From U.S. 96,
head east on Main St. One block to Elizabeth St.; right
on Elizabeth St. to Shaw Guy St.; turn left to the local
orphanage. For reservations and information, call
Angelina National Forest,
Sabine National Forest, E.O. Seike State St.
Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam
Rayburn Reservoir, and B.A. Steinhagen Lake.