Texas' largest city is Houston. A name that conjures up images of oil wells, cowboy boots and..See all locations in Gulf Coast - Texas
On northwest shore of Sabine Lake nine miles from Gulf of Mexico, site of settlement known as Aurora in 1840. City named after Arthur E. Stilwell, Kansas City financier, who was instrumental in building railroad to edge of townsite. Home of Lamar State College (formerly Port Arthur College).
Port Arthur comes alive during Mardi Gras. This pre-Lenten celebration is growing in the Cajun city and it's family oriented.
City is year-round fisherman's destination. Average temperature varies from 55 degrees in winter to 82 in summer. Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau has an area Waterways Guide showing many excellent locations to catch more than 25 varieties of freshwater and saltwater fish, along with charts, marina, fuel and services information.
For scenic views, check out the Port of Port Arthur, view the harbor and the largest gantry crane on the Gulf Coast from the observation deck, and Rainbow and Veterans' memorial bridges. The Rainbow Bridge's 176-foot clearance height resulted from requirement that any U.S. Navy ship at that time (1938) could pass under. Veterans' Bridge, completed in 1991, with 143-foot navigation clearance, is the first cable-stayed bridge on Texas highways.
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