Named after Charles Shelton Vidor, a lumber magnate, Vidor is located in western Orange County. The major economic activity there was lumbering due to huge tracts of pine in the area. The railroad was constructed in 1898. In 1913 a company tram road known locally as the Peach Line was built. By 1929 the local timber stands were depleted and rice, cotton and cattle replaced lumbering in the local economy. The population increased until World War II when most of the residents moved to Beaumont and Port Arthur. In the 1960s and 1970s whites began to leave urban areas and came to Vidor which increased the population to 11,440 inhabitants as of 2000.
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