Forest Trail Region


Ever wonder what life was like before refrigeration? Visit Silsbee’s Ice House Museum where permanent exhibits explain the early days of ice-making. Silsbee was home to the Silsbee Ice House, constructed by Gulf State Utilities in 1928. By 1943, the ice production facility was in the hands of two business partners H.C. Hopkins and C. F. Young and was producing around 30,000 tons of ice per week. The Sparkle Ice Company later purchased the facility and it remained in operation until 1983. Today, the building serves as the local Silsbee museum and art gallery. Silsbee is located next door to Village Creek Corridor Unit, one of several small preserves that together form The Big Thicket Preserve, an accumulation of national park acreage that dots the east Texas region where the timber and resource industries have dominated the natural landscape for over a century. For fun, Silsbee hosts annual events including “Cruisin’ Silsbee” (an auto show and parade), Christmas in the Big Thicket, and an explosion of fireworks every Fourth of July.