Port Arthur Public Library
About this Partner
Port Arthur Public Library contributes its collection of photographs of Port Arthur as well as an extensive collection of yearbooks from four Port Arthur high schools. Port Arthur was founded in 1898 by Arthur Stilwell when he built the first railroad from Kansas City southward to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The Port Arthur Public Library's photograph collection tells the story of Port Arthur and Jefferson County and documents the importance of rail, shipping, and the petrochemical industry to the area.
Port Arthur would become a major site for petrochemical industries and global trade. The photograph collection consists of aerial photographs of the city, the Gulf Oil Company and Texaco plants as well as recreational scenes such as fishing on Lake Sabine and family outings.