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  Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast
 Decade: 1950-1959
[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 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.
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.
[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.
[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.
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."
[Dedication of Carver Elementary School]
Photograph of the dedication of Carver Elementary School. There is a man standing behind a podium on a stage, and other people seated in chairs. The audience can be seen from behind, facing towards the stage.
[Dorothy Ingram at Teaching Desk]
Photograph of Dorothy Ingram seated at her teaching desk. She has short dark hair and is wearing a black blouse. She is holding a pen in her hand and looking towards the camera.
[Elementary School Drill Team]
Photograph of the Lamar Elementary School Drill Team. The drill team is made up of children in uniforms holding batons. Two girls in the back of the line are holding drums, and a few girls in each line are doing the splits. Handwriting on the border of the photograph dates it from 1952.
[Employee Photograph of Dorothy Ingram]
Employee photograph of Dorothy Ingram from Lamar Elementary School. She is shown from the side and looking forward. Her hair is short and curled, and she is wearing a patterned top.
[First Annual Baby Contest in Port Arthur]
Photograph of a group of people and babies, from the First Annual Baby Contest in Port Arthur. There is handwriting identifying each person, and the baby on the far left is labeled as the winner of the contest. The baby is wearing a while outfit and bonnet, and is in the lap of a man in a suit. The image is dated March 6, 1955.
[Fleet of Shrimping Boats]
Photograph of a side view of shrimping boats from a fleet. They are stationed at a dock. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
John and Ted Clegg in Lincoln-Mercury Showroom, 1957
Photograph of John (left) and Ted (right) Clegg standing in a Lincoln-Mercury automobile showroom. The suited men are standing in front of a 1950's model Lincoln Premiere.
[Officer With Automobile Accident]
Photograph of Officer Tommy Baxter standing behind an automobile accident. Two cars have been badly damaged, and one is flipped upside down and on top of the other one. There is one man standing in the background looking at the wreck. Writing on the back of the photograph states that there was a death involved.
[Photograph Featuring Janis Joplin at Tyrell Elementary School]
Photograph of the Tyrell Elementary School' 1952 Christmas Program. Children are arranged onstage in a raked pyramid in front of a curtain. Each child is wearing a white top and holding a microphone. The girl sitting to the far right of the bottom row is Janis Joplin. An adult woman is sitting before the stage in a wooden chair, and other people can be seen sitting behind her.
[Photograph of Aerial View of Rainbow Bridge, 1957]
Photograph with aerial view of the Rainbow Bridge spanning the Neches River near Port Arthur, Texas. Shadows of several clouds dot the landscape. A ship is passing underneath the bridge. Several canals branch off from the river on its way to Sabine Lake, which encompasses much of the background. The other side of the photo has a handwritten note saying that this was a gift of A. W. Catanach, 1992.
[Photograph of "Big Bopper" J. P. Richardson and Teetsie]
Photograph of J. P. and Adrianne Richardson sitting at a diner table and drinking.
[Photograph of Cookie and the Cupcakes Performing]
Photograph of Cookie and the Cupcakes performing under a string of balloons and in front of walls adorned with hand drawn artwork. There are four men in the foreground. The first and last are playing guitars and and two men in the middle are holding saxophones. In the background to the left is a man playing piano, while to the right is a man playing a drum set that has the band's name emblazoned on the bass drum.
[Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta]
Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta cast at Tyrell Elementary School. Rows of students are lined up and wearing mostly agricultural costumes. Janis Joplin is the fifth child from the right. Behind the children, there is a backdrop of a night scene set along the stage curtain. A mixed group of adults and children are seated before the stage.
Precast Extension Centered and Ready to Drive
Photograph of a precast extension centered over a pile. Several cars can be seen in the background.
Precast Extension Hanging in Lead
Photograph of a piece of machinery holding an extension piece with a chain. There are holding tanks in the background. To the left, a 1950's model pickup truck with the business name "Spence & Howe Construction Co." written on the side.
[Ship at Grain Elevator]
Photograph of a large boat at a grain elevator. The elevator is connected to a building that is on the left side of the photograph. There is another boat in the background and a water tower in the distance. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
[Ship Passing Under Bridge]
Aerial photograph of a ship that has just passed under a large bridge, identified as Rainbow Bridge. The ship is in the right center of the photograph and extends from the bridge to the edge of the frame. The bridge is on the left side of the photograph and a truck and car are visible driving over it. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photograph as J. C. Watkins, and handwriting dates it from September 22, 1954.
[Staff Posing in Front of Restaurant]
Photograph of a group of people identified as staff of The Schooner Restaurant standing outside. There are two women in white dresses and two men, and they are standing by the corner of the building. There are four visible cars parked in front of the restaurant. A sticker on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as James Everett from Groves, Texas., and dates the image 1955.
Texaco Main Gate 1953
Photograph of the main gate of Texaco in 1953. The gate is attended by a single guard. To the left of the gate is a building bearing a large sign declaring that there has been 1,594,538 man hours since the last "lost time injury." There is also a sign requesting that no reading material be carried inside, and other sign on the gate that requests that no matches be carried inside. Two boxes written with the words "Red Head Matches" stand in front of the building.
[View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]
Photograph of a town on the edge of a river with a ship passing through a bridge, identified as Pleasure Pier drawbridge. Cars are waiting for the ship to pass on either side of the bridge. There is what appears to be a factory in the distance with multiple smokestacks. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
[View of the Plant]
Photograph of the Port Neches Works Plant, looking north. Multiple round structures and a series of buildings cover the grounds, and there is a road and railroad tracks to the west. The upper left hand corner reads "Port Neches Works, looking north 1952." Handwriting on the back and an accompanying card (with the Texaco logo on the bottom) label the photograph "View of the Plant looking north."
[Woman With Texaco Products]
Photograph of a woman wearing a white shirt advertising Texaco products. She is standing behind a table that has multiple cans of different varieties of motor oil, capella oil, havoline, and other gasoline products.
Wooden Pile Driven and Cut Off Square
Photograph of industrial equipment surrounding a wooden pile, which has been shaped and cut.