Lorena is a community honoring the past and embracing the future. The MKT Railroad played an important part in establishing the city. A railroad stop was placed in Lorena to pick up cotton from the nearby cotton gins. Settled in 1854, the city was named after Lorena Westbrook, daughter of a prominent citizen of the community. Today, Lorena is rich in community! The Olde Town area along Center Street is drawing tourists and visitors to enjoy the historic buildings, specialty shops and fine dining establishments.