In Orange County
, Bridge City is located just east of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
metro area between Port Arthur
along Hwy 87 on the banks of the Sabine River near Sabine Lake
and the Gulf of Mexico.
First known as Prairie View, its name was changed to Bridge City in 1941. In the early days, the residents were sustained by farming and cattle ranching.
Two bridges span the Neches river between Bridge City and Port Arthur. The Rainbow bridge finished in 1938 with clearance of 176 feet, is known as the tallest bridge in the south. The bridge is 7,760 feet long. It was named many years later when a contest was held and out of thousands of entries, a six year old girl won. The cable-stayed Veterans Memorial Bridge was completed in 1990 and has a clearance of 143 feet and a length of 9,440. It was named for the Veterans Memorial park at the foot of the bridge on the Jefferson County side.