- Honey Island, Texas
Honey Island is an unincorporated community in Hardin County,
Texas, United States. The Kountze Independent School Districtserves area students. It is part of the Beaumont–Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area.
During the time of the
American Civil War, this site was known to attract Jayhawkersdue to the area's numerous beehives. [ [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/HH/hlh53.html Online Handbook of Texas] ] In addition to using the honey as food source, they would often stash honey in hidden pots that local sympathizers would exchange for supplies. This activity would eventually lead to the Kaiser Burnoutby the confederates in the nearby cane fields. [ [http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Guest_Columnists/East_Texas_all_things_historical/BigThicket1200McDonald1.htm Texas Escapes.com] ]
In 1901 the
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railwayreached the site, and by 1907 a post office was established. The local sawmillwas sold several times until it fell into ownership of the Kirby Lumber Company owned by John Henry Kirby. The mill closed during the Great Depression, but would open to run again until its final closure in 1955.
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