PORT ARTHUR

Population 59,678

Altitude 18




General

On the northwest shore of Sabine Lake nine miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the site of settlement known as Aurora in 1840. The city named after Arthur E. Stilwell, Kansas City financier, who was instrumental in building railroad to edge of townsite. Home of Lamar University at Port Arthur (formerly Port Arthur College). Queen of Peace statue and Oriental gardens at 801 9th Avenue are especially beautiful when decorated with 700,000 lights at Christmas.

The city is a year-round fisherman's destination. Average temperature varies from 55 degrees in winter to 82 in summer. At 3401 Cultural Center Drive (9th Street exit from Texas 73), Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau sells an area Waters Guide showing many excellent locations to catch more than 25 varieties of freshwater and saltwater fish, along with charts, marina, fuel and services information.

Cargo tonnage, annually averaging about 23,000,000, justifies the claim "We Oil the World." because nearly a million barrels of crude oil are refined in the area daily.

MUSEUM OF THE GULF COAST

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

PLEASURE ISLAND

POMPEIIAN VILLA

PORT OF PORT ARTHUR

RAINBOW AND VETERANS BRIDGES

SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND STATE HISTORICAL PARK

SEA RIM STATE PARK

SOUTHEAST TEXAS MUSICAL HERITAGE MUSEUM

WHITE HAVEN




Attractions

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