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[Aerial View of Drawbridge]
Aerial photograph of Pleasure Pier Drawbridge. A large ship has just passed through the bridge and it is still drawn. There are cars waiting for the ship to pass, and the town can be seen on the other side of the river. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
[Aerial View of Flood]
Aerial photograph of the 1915 flood in Port Arthur. The streets are covered in water, and houses can be seen into the distance. The caption on the photograph reads, "Looking west from wireless tower at college. August 16-17 Flood, 1915."
[Aerial View of Port Arthur, Texas]
Postcard of Port Arthur seen from the Marconi Radio Tower, dated in the early 1900s. The panoramic view shows Lake Sabine and Port Arthur Highschool on the left, and multiple streets and houses on the right.
[Aerial View of Procter Street]
Photograph of an aerial of view of Procter Street from the Kansas City Southern Train Station, in Port Arthur, Tx. A handful of cars can be seen on the street, which is in the center of the photograph and extends into the distance. There are other intersecting streets with buildings lining them that create a grid layout. A sticker on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as James Everett from Groves, Texas.
[Aerial View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]
Aerial photograph of a ship and a town on the edge of a river. The ship is passing through a bridge identified as Please Pier Drawbridge, and cars can be seen waiting for it to pass. The buildings extend into the background.
[Amelia Carr and Her Mother]
Photograph of two women, identified as Amelia Carr and her mother, standing outside. Both are wearing long white dresses and white shoes. They have their arms around each other and are laughing.
[Annual Red Cross Meeting Officers]
Photograph of two men in suits and one woman in a dress, at the Annual Red Cross Meeting. They are Officers identified from left to right as Vice Chair Bernis W. Sadler, Treasurer Ross James, and Secretary Dorothy Ingram. Handwriting on the back of the photograph dates it June 24, 1964.
April 1959, Fire Destroyed the Port Arthur YMCA Building
Photograph of the remains of the burned YMCA building in Port Arthur, Texas, 1959. All that's left are twisted steel I-beams, charred wood, and stone. Firemen can be seen working in the wreckage.
April 1959, YMCA Burns to the Ground - Nothing Saved
Photograph of the remains of the YMCA on the Southeast corner of Austin Avenue in Port Arthur, Texas, 1959. Fire crews are spraying the wreckage with water. All that remains is a pile of twisted steel I-beams and stone.
[Artist Maudee Carron With Sculpture]
Photograph of artist Maudee Carron seated next to a sculpture. She is wearing a hat and glasses, and holding a tool to the sculpture. The sculpture is a series of stacked circles.
[Back of Dorothy Ingram Riding in Parade]
Photograph of Dorothy Ingram from behind, riding in a red convertible in the Centennial Parade. There is a trunk on the back bumper that says "Centennial Queen." She is seated in the passenger seat, looking to her right. There is a man with gray hair driving the car. Spectators are watching from the side of the road.
[Band Marching on Field]
Photograph of the Rudolf Lambert Post No. 7 American Legion Band marching on a field. Two men at the front of the band hold large flags, and two men hold rifles. There are bleachers and a parking lot in the background.
[Band Standing in Bleachers]
Photograph of the Rudolf Lambert Post No. 7 American Legion Band. They are lined up on the steps of bleachers, and are standing facing the camera. There are men with drums and cymbals in the front row.
[Bank Building During Flood]
Photograph of a bank building during the 1915 flood in Port Arthur. There are men standing in the street in knee-deep water. The back of the photograph is a postcard.
[Barrel Construction]
Photograph of a man constructing a barrel with machinery inside of a warehouse. He is wearing protective gloves, boots, an apron, and a hat, and is working on one of two barrels on what appears to be an assembly line. There are other machines and tools shown in the background. An accompanying card (with the Texaco logo at the bottom) labels the photograph "Making barrels in the Cooper shop."
[Beaumont Police Department]
Photograph of the Beaumont Police Department. There are ten men posing in front of the building, three are seated on motorcycles and the rest are standing. The officer on the left is identified as Tommy Baxter by writing on the back of the photograph, which also dates it 1943.
[Beaumont Police Department Day Shift]
Photograph of the Beaumont Police Department's day shift. There are ten men standing in front of the building, with three motorcycles in between them.
[Bill of Sale of a Slave Named Adam (or Tircis), December 15, 1859]
Bill of sale witnessed by notary Selim Wagner, containing details of the sale of a slave named Adam or Tircis. Adam was sold for $1,225 by auctioneer for the estate of the deceased Pierre Riviere of New Orleans as directed by his executor, Nicolas Tourne. The buyer was Lucretia Van Woert of Sabine Pass, Texas, though her husband, Theodore Gripon, accepted on her behalf.
[Billboard for Safe Driving]
Photograph of Police Officer/Captain Tommy Baxter in front of a billboard for safe driving. He is looking at the billboard with another man in a suit, who is pointing towards it. The billboard reads, "Smart drivers light up at dusk." Writing on the back of the photograph describes the scene and dates it 1961. There is also a stamp that identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
[Bills of Sale of a Slave Named Nancy, June 18, 1838]
Bills of sale of a slave named Nancy. The initial bill was written by notary William Christy in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jacob Sevy is selling Nancy, approximately 15, to John Covington Thomas of Gainsville, Alabama, for $1,200. Handwritten bills are added explaining that John C. Thomas sells Nancy to James Chessher in August 1838 for $3,000, who in turn sells her to Stephen Jackson of Jefferson County, Texas, in 1840 for $1,000. A separate paper is included with a description of this document.
[Boat in a Parade]
Photograph of a boat shaped float in a W. O. W. Parade. It is driving through the middle of a street, and children on the right side of the photograph are watching it pass in front of them. Other bystanders can be seen in the background.
[Boat in the Canal]
Photograph of a boat going through a canal. Two smaller boats can be seen in the background behind it. There are men on a dock observing on the right side of the photograph.
[Boat With Flags at Dock]
Photograph of a boat beside a dock and a building. It has tall masts with flags hanging across them, and a large American flag on the front mast. A few people are visible near the front of the boat. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph identifies it as the first cutter boat to come to Port Arthur.
[Boy Scout Group]
Photograph of a Boy Scout Camporee outdoors. There are parked cars on the road and what appears to be a buffet table with Boy Scouts lined up near it. There is writing on the back of the photograph that reads, "Boy Scout Camporee, 1937, near St. Mary's Hostpital. Port Arthur, Texas."
[Boy Scout Troop]
Photograph of young boys in an African American Boy Scouts Troop. The six boys are wearing uniforms and hats, and standing in a line with their hands at their sides. There are houses and telephone poles in the background. The writing at the bottom of the photograph reads, "Port Arthur, Tex. Troop #5 1920."
[Boys and Teachers With Homemade Kits]
Photograph of a group of teachers and boys from Carver Elementary School with homemade kites. Four boys are kneeling in the grass with their kites and four are standing. The teachers stand lined up next to the boys.
[Boys in Canoe During Flood]
Photograph of two boys on the back of a canoe during the 1915 flood in Port Arthur. Water from the flood is about knee-deep, and there are groups of people in the background around a building. The caption on the bottom dates the scene August 18th, 1915. The back of the photograph is a postcard.
[Bridge Damaged by Being Struck by Ship]
Photograph of a bridge damaged by being struck by the S.S. Splendor. The bridge is upright in the air, and four men are on the dock in front of it. There is handwriting on the back of the photograph that describes the scene and dates it April 26, 1916.
[C.R. Stevenson Working on Oil Rig]
Photograph of a man, identified as C. R. Stevenson, working on an oil rig. He is wearing a hat and tie and holding the wheel attached to a large pipe. He is looking upwards with a neutral expression. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
[Canal Dredge]
Photograph of a dredge on the water. It has a small smokestack and two flags on tall poles. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph identifies it as the dredge used to dredge the first canal in Port Arthur, and there is also a Port Arthur News stamp.
[Cap Line Girls in First Aid]
Photograph of a group of women standing outside of a building. They are all wearing skirts and dresses, and looking towards the camera. Writing on the back identifies them as Cap Line girls practicing first aid. Some of the women are wrapping bandages around the heads and the arms of others.
[Captain Larsson Standing on Boat]
Photograph of a man identified as Captain Larsson Standing on a ship. He is wearing a suit and leaning against the railing, facing the camera. Writing on the back of the photograph describes the image and dates it July 2, 1916.
[Captain R. D. Steele]
Photograph of an elderly man, identified as R. D. Steele, one of the first pilots in Sabine Pass. He is seated and holding a pair of glasses. His hair is white and he is looking toward the camera.
[Car With King and Queen of Carver School]
Photograph of two children in a convertible car with a sign for the King and Queen of Carver School. The children are wearing crowns and capes, and the girl is holding a bouquet of flowers. A man in a hat and glasses is driving the car.
[Cargo Boat in Canal]
Photograph of a large cargo boat in a canal with smaller boats at its side. There are different types of flags flying from its masts. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "One of the first cargo boats to go down canal."
[Carver Elementary Dad's Club]
Photograph of a group of men dressed up in dresses. The handwriting on the photograph labels the scene as Carver Elementary School's Dad's Club, during the "Womanless Wedding." The four men in dresses are standing in a line and holding flowers.
[Carver Elementary School Lunch Line]
Photograph of a woman taking food from the Carter Elementary School lunch line. She is wearing a white skirt and jacket. There are women behind the counter looking towards the camera and smiling.
[Carver Elementary School Program]
Photograph of a large group of children at a school program at Carver Elementary School. They are standing on bleachers on a stage, facing towards the left side of the photograph. The audience is partially visible at the bottom.
[Carver Elementary School Teachers]
Photograph of a group of Carver Elementary School teachers inside a large room with brick walls. They are dressed in formal attire with flowers at their shoulders, and smiling towards the camera. They are aligned in three rows, with the first row seated in chairs.
[Carver School Teachers]
Photograph of teachers from Carver Elementary School. They are wearing black outfits with flowers pinned to their shoulders. They are in two rows and there are flowers in vases in on the floor.
[Centennial Queen Dorothy Ingram]
Photograph of Dorothy Ingram wearing a Port Arthur Centennial Queen ribbon. She is dressed in formal attire and waring a crown. Her hand is resting on top of a book on a table.
[Child Standing in Chair]
Photograph of a small child identified as Edith Carr. She is wearing a long coat and gloves, and standing on a chair. There is a backdrop with a nature scene on it.
[Children Reading in Classroom]
Photograph of a small group of children reading in a classroom. Some of the children are seated in a semicircle, two of which are raising their hands. One child is writing on the chalkboard. The teacher is seated on the right side of the photograph, holding a book.
[Church float in parade]
Postcard of a church float in a parade. There is a man driving and a boy sitting on the front of the car holding a sign that reads, "First Church Built in Port Arthur 1897 - Now has 33 Churches." There are spectators in the background watching from the side of the road and from a balcony on a house.
[Church Interior During Service]
Photograph of the interior of St. James Catholic Church during a service. The audience is standing in the pews, and two lines are leading up to the altar. Writing on the back of the photograph identifies the service as the first Holy Communion Class, in 1941.
[Close View of Lighthouse]
Photograph of a close view of the Sabine Bank Lighthouse, in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a red color and built in the water.
Closeup of Pile Butt After Pipe Sleeve Driven In
Photograph of a man in a white shirt measuring a pile after having a pipe sleeve driven into it.
Closeup of Pile Butt Before Driving
Photograph of of a pile before driving. A man off-camera is measuring the pile with a sectioned measuring tape.
Clyde H. Martin
Photograph of Clyde H. Martin wearing cowboy regalia and posing with a saddle embossed with the words "All Around Cowboy 1959" and "Texas A.M. Rodeo Intercollegiate."
[Completion of the Port Arthur Canal]
Photograph of a group of men standing at the edge of water, for the completion of the Port Arthur Canal. One man is waving an American flag over the water, and a boat can be seen in the distance.