Silsbee Chamber of Commerce
Silsbee Texas
Ice House Museum
"Ice House Museum Multi-Cultural Center"
Silsbee is the principal commercial center of Hardin County. It is located 15 miles north of Beaumont in the Pineywoods of Southeast Texas and borders the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Silsbee operates the City Government under a home rule charter. A mayor and six city council memebers serve the people who reside within the city limits.

There are 32 churches serving thirteen denominations; several city parks and tennis courts; many creeks and waterways; and hunting areas that are open to the public.

The youngsters in Silsbee enjoy little league baseball, soccer, and basketball.

There are a number of civic organizations, a community center, a little theater, and a country club with a 9-hole golf course located in the community.

Forest products, oil and gas, and the railroad are major employers in Silsbee. The business community boasts three automobile dealerships; three banks and savings and loans; and numerous stores and businesses. Two local weekly newspapers, two daily newspapers, a radio station and cable television services are available in silsbee.

Silsbee Little Theater
Silsbee Little Theater Recognized
as one of Best in Texas!
EDUCATION
The student enrollment in the Silsbee School District is approximately 3500 students and covers a 156 square mile area. Lands and properties within the school district reflect local businesses, industry, family homes, farmland, rivers, creeks, pineywoods and areas for hunting.

Silsbee I.S.D. is a fully accredited 4-A high school with an enrollment of 1050 students. Educational opportunities include vocational programs, the TECH Prep Program; advance placement program, athletic programs and fine arts programs.

In November 1997, Silsbee School District Patrons voted to pass a $22.5 million school bond for the purpose of building a new high school complex, fine arts center with a 1400 seat auditorium, and football stadium with track. The money derived from the school bond was also used to renovate and improve other schools in the district. The new high school is scheduled to open for classes in August 2000.

Athletic programs offered in the Silsbee School District include football, basketball, track, baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, cross country and softball.

The teams, the award winning middle school and high school bands, and the Tigerettes marching units and flag corps are the pride of the Silsbee Community.

HISTORY
Laid out in 1894 as a sawmill town, Silsbee became a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad in 1902. By the end of that year a depot was built, and three years later a Harvey House Hotel opened. Named for entreprenuer Fred Harvey, Harvey House Hotels and Restaurants were located along the Santa Fe Lines from Chicago to California. Offering efficient and elegant service Harvey Houses often were an important part of a a town's cultural life. The Silsbee Harvey Hotel Burned in 1906, but a new Harvey House Restaurant, completed in 1908, continued operations until 1923.
For More Information Contact:
Silsbee Chamber Office
Silsbee Chamber of Commerce
835 HWY 96 South - Silsbee, TX 77656
Phone: (409)385-5562 - Fax: (409)385-5695
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