[Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"]

Description:

This film is unedited footage shot by a camera crew intended for a television show; the footage herein concerns events and sites in Port Arthur, Texas.

The film begins with footage of a marshy beach, where family groups and individuals play sports, fish and hike. In the marsh, the crew tries to interact with an alligator. The film includes other material of recreational activity, such as: people operating jetskis, rowboats, motorboats, speedboats, sailboats, airboats, fishing boats, and barges; zydeco musicians playing music to restaurant patrons; and men playing frolf and golf.

Various local sites of interest captured on film include: a statue of Lt. Richard (Dick) W. Dowling; an off-shore oil rig; local architecture, including the Rainbow Bridge; and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. In an interview at the museum, Dr. Sam Monroe, President of the Port Arthur Historical Society, describes the Port Arthur region as “an area where the Old South meets the Southwest.”

Much of the remainder of the film is comprised of footage of a carnival and nighttime parade in celebration of Mardi Gras. At this event, the crew films: carnival rides; parade spectators with Mardi Gras beads; the West Brook High School Navy JROTC and Lone Star Pipe Band of Beaumont, Texas; the parade float of the Red Hussars and Gates Memorial Library of Port Arthur, Texas; parade floats advertising "Mardi Gras 1999" and "1999 Austinaire Drill"; and drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and dancers. A brief clip of edited television news coverage concerning start-car racing begins in the middle of the carnival footage.

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Texas - Jefferson County - Port Arthur
Creation Date: Unknown
Partner(s):
UNT Media Library
Collection(s):
Texas Historical Television Footage
Usage:
Total Uses: 2,082
Past 30 days: 130
Yesterday: 2
Creator:
Unknown
Date(s):
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Jefferson County - Port Arthur
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Date
1999  
Description:

This film is unedited footage shot by a camera crew intended for a television show; the footage herein concerns events and sites in Port Arthur, Texas.

The film begins with footage of a marshy beach, where family groups and individuals play sports, fish and hike. In the marsh, the crew tries to interact with an alligator. The film includes other material of recreational activity, such as: people operating jetskis, rowboats, motorboats, speedboats, sailboats, airboats, fishing boats, and barges; zydeco musicians playing music to restaurant patrons; and men playing frolf and golf.

Various local sites of interest captured on film include: a statue of Lt. Richard (Dick) W. Dowling; an off-shore oil rig; local architecture, including the Rainbow Bridge; and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. In an interview at the museum, Dr. Sam Monroe, President of the Port Arthur Historical Society, describes the Port Arthur region as “an area where the Old South meets the Southwest.”

Much of the remainder of the film is comprised of footage of a carnival and nighttime parade in celebration of Mardi Gras. At this event, the crew films: carnival rides; parade spectators with Mardi Gras beads; the West Brook High School Navy JROTC and Lone Star Pipe Band of Beaumont, Texas; the parade float of the Red Hussars and Gates Memorial Library of Port Arthur, Texas; parade floats advertising "Mardi Gras 1999" and "1999 Austinaire Drill"; and drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and dancers. A brief clip of edited television news coverage concerning start-car racing begins in the middle of the carnival footage.

Note:

Video interruptions from 00:00:00-00:00:33, 00:16:00, and 00:31:21.
Inserted news coverage at 01:43:41.
The program for which the films of the Texas Historical Television Footage collection were shot is not accessible, but the nature of the collection’s footage suggests it was intended for a public television show.

Physical Description:

1 video (108 min., 57 sec.) : sd., col.

Language(s):
Subject(s):
Keyword(s): events | Discover America | television clips | camera crews | frolf | marshlands | alligators | Mardi Gras | carnival rides | parade floats | West Brook High School Navy JROTC | Lone Star Pipe Band | Red Hussars | Gates Memorial Library | drum and bugle corps | marching bands | spectators | oil rigs | zydeco | start-car racing
Added Title: Port Arthur, TX
Partner:
UNT Media Library
Collection:
Texas Historical Television Footage
Identifier:
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth194019
Resource Type: Video
Format: Video
Rights:
Access: Public