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[Contestants in Beard Judging Contest]
Photograph of a group of men who have entered a beard competition for a celebration of the founding of Port Arthur, TX. All the men are gathered in a room surrounded by a group of spectators. The men are looking up at the photographer in front of them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79506/
[Golden Jubilee Speedboat Race]
Two photographs of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of 1948 in Port Arthur, TX, pasted back-to-back. The front photograph depicts a large group of people seated on a wooden pier on the left side of the photo. This pier is on Rue de Soldats Drive parallel to the waterway. Several boats are in the water, racing past the group of spectators. The photograph on the back is photographed from a high vantage overlooking the Rue de Soldats Drive with a number of automobiles and people in the foreground. A line of spectators runs diagonally into the background from the right foreground and disappears in the distance. The storm levee and Pleasure Island are visible across the waterway. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79504/
[Port Arthur Downtown Christmas Parade]
Photograph of a Christmas Parade in downtown Port Arthur, TX. A large crowd is lining either side of the street. A number of cars are also on either side. Several groups of young children are seated atop the cars. Many stores are also visible including a theater, super market, and paint store, among others. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79536/
[Photograph of Young College Girls]
Photograph of six college girls in Port Arthur, TX. They are lined up all holding each other from the back. They are wearing the same clothing of a dark skirt, white blouse and dark neckerchief. One of the girls has a large bow holding up her hair. Several appear to be laughing about something. A single person wearing a dark suit and hat is standing in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79522/
[Gates Memorial Library Staff]
Photograph of the Gates Memorial Library Staff standing outside the library. They are identified as Lucy Stiefel, Elizabeth Karle (Director), Mary Ann Canfil, Shirley Bragg, Betty, Mary Bray, Gwen Foster, and Emily Maxwell. Text on the front of the library says "Memorial Library A Gift of Dellora R. Gates to the People of Port Arthur." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79586/
[Photograph of Chief Mendel B. Ward]
Photograph of Chief Mendel B. Ward. He is wearing a coat with a badge over his heart. Patches with three stars are on each of his lapels. On his shoulders are shoulder patches that read "chief." Three buttons are fastened on the front of the coat. Underneath, he is wearing a light shirt and tie. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79520/
[Photograph of Emil Muller]
Photograph of a printer from Port Arthur, TX. He wearing a shirt and tie and pinstripe vest and coat. A pencil is in his left breast coat pocket. He has a small mustache and dark hair. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79523/
[Bowl King Kole Bowling Alley]
Photograph of an exterior view of Bowl King Kole bowling alley on Gulfway Drive. The building says "Bowl King Kole" at the top, and has cut-outs of bowling balls wearing crowns on it. In the foreground, there is a parking lot with cars in it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79577/
[Whitehaven House]
Photograph of an exterior view of a building identified as Whitehaven, the home of Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Morris on 2545 Lakeshore Drive. The house is two stories high, and columns in the front reach the second story. There is a flag pole and a circle driveway in the front yard. Text at the top of the photograph says "White Haven 1988." The house was built in 1915, and is now owned and operated by Lamar State College. Facilities were donated to the college by the Port Arthur Daughters of the American Revolution in 2000. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79558/
[Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church]
Photograph of the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Port Arthur, TX. A set of pipes from the organ are along the back wall. Three rows of chairs are in front of the pipes. Two doors are on either side of the pulpit area. Pews are at the bottom of the picture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79503/
[Contestants in Queen Contest]
Photograph of fourteen young women competing for the queen title during Port Arthur's anniversary celebration. Most of the women are standing in a line, wearing white dresses. In the middle is a large throne where of the women is seated with a tall, ornate crown on her head. She is named at Miss Gloria Antone. To her left is one woman in a dark dress. She wears a smaller crown and a very long, dark cape with white, furred edges. She is named as runner-up, Thelma Tadlock. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79507/
[Group of Student at Train Depot]
Photograph of a group of second graders from Travis Elementary School waiting for a train for a school field trip. The students are arranged in two long rows. Four teachers are standing behind them. A rail car behind the group reads, "Baggage and Express, Railway Express Agency Inc." All the students and teachers are dressed in coats and winter clothing. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79544/
[Port Arthur Businesses]
Negative of two businesses on the corner of Seventh Street and Austin Avenue. A sign on the left building says "Hotel Nash" above a balcony. The building on the right is taller. In the background, there are other buildings. Text below the image says "Port Arthur Buildings - Corner Seventh St. and Austin. Ave. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79573/
[Gates Memorial Library]
Photograph of the Gates Memorial Library loan desk. Three women are sitting behind the desk, and bouquets of flowers are sitting on top of it. To the right of the desk, there is a set of glass panels with images attached to the glass. In the background, there are windows, a door, and bookshelves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79588/
[Front of Rose Hill Manor]
Photograph of Rose Hill Manor in Port Arthur, TX. The manor is a large, two story white house. Large covers and porches extend in all directions. Large white columns support the front porch and balcony. The manor is surrounded by foliage and trees and an expansive lawn extends from the front porch. A single lamp post is by the walk leading to the front door. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79500/
[National Guard Armory]
Photograph of an exterior view of a brick building identified as a National Guard Armory on Lakeshore Drive. The building is one story high, and has four entrance ways in the front. In the foreground, there is a yard with small trees. The armory was built in the 1920s and served as home of the original Texas National Guard units, the 111th Engineers, and the Thirty-Sixth Division. They were assigned to Port Arthur shortly after Pearl Harbor. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79575/
[Horses in Port Arthur Parade]
Photograph of group of people riding horses for a parade in Port Arthur, TX. There are a variety of age groups on horseback. The horses are a multitude of colors. Most of the people are wearing cowboy hats. A fire engine is in the back, behind the group of horses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79538/
[Port Arthur Downtown Parade]
Photograph of a parade in downtown Port Arthur, Texas. A float is in the middle of a large crowd. The float is filled with young women. Three girls in light dresses are standing at the back. A young girl is standing with her hands on what appears to be a large birthday cake. Several more girls in dark dresses are seated at the front of the float. A large paper star is on the very back of the float. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79537/
[Photograph of Golden Jubilee Queen]
Photograph of the Port Arthur Golden Jubilee queen, Miss Gloria Antone. She is wearing a large, white dress. On her head is a tall, ornate crown. She is holding a white scepter. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79509/
[Gates Memorial Library]
Photograph of an exterior view of Gates Memorial Library. There are stairs and columns on the front of the building. A girl is walking up the stairs. Trees and shrubs surround the building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79584/
[Sabine Hotel]
Photograph of an exterior view of Sabine Hotel. The building is several stories high, and has a porch that stretches the entire length. A group of people are standing on the porch, and a group of horse-drawn carriages are parked along a circle driveway in front of the hotel. Text below the photograph says "Sabine Hotel 1897-1903." Sabine Hotel was owned by Stilwell. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79579/
[First National Bank]
Photograph of an interior view of First National Bank. Several bouquets of flowers are displayed along the lobby. The flowers are sitting on tables, counters, and in stands. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79567/
[Women at Gates Memorial Library]
Photograph of an interior view of Gates Memorial Library at Lamar State College - Port Arthur campus. A group of eight women are sitting at a table reading; they are identified as students in a library science class. They are researching the Reader's Guide for data. In the center of the table, there is a lamp and a row of books. In the background, there are bookshelves full of books. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79580/
[Chamber of Commerce Cruise]
Photograph of the Port Arthur, TX Chamber of Commerce preparing for a cruise on a yacht identified as, "Ilderim Baltimore." A line of men, all in shirt and tie, are leaning against the side rail of the boat. Several life boats are tied to metallic arms above the boat's awning. A life-preserver on the side of the yacht bears the boat's name. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79546/
[John R. Adam Department Store]
Photograph of a an exterior view of a building identified as John R. Department Store on the corner of Fifth Street and Austin Avenue. Text along the building says "Groceries Hardware And Ship Chandlery Plymoth Cordage Steam...." In front of the building, there are three people standing and one person bending over in front of a store display window. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79561/
[Bluestein Department Store]
Photograph of an exterior view of Bluestein Department Store, on the 600 block of Procter Street. The brick building is several stories high, and a sign says "Bluestein's" on the side of the building. Several people are walking on its sidewalks, and cars are parked along its curb. Cars are also driving down the street. The store was owned and operated by Frank Bluestein (President), Leon Bluestein (Vice-President), and Maurice H. Born (Secretary-Treasurer). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79571/
[Banquet Honoring John W. Gates]
Photograph of a banquet in Port Arthur, TX. Numerous men are pictured standing around a banquet table. All are dressed in formal attire. Another small group of people is standing at the top left on a staircase. Each man is numbered. Number Eleven is identified as Arthur Stilwell, founder of Port Arthur. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79525/
[Hampton Ambulance]
Photograph of a Hampton Company ambulance. The windows of the vehicle say, "Hampton Ambulance." A man posing with the ambulance is identified as Harry J. Dominique, a driver. In the background, there is a building with a sign that says, "Hampton Company." Undertaker services were located on 2105 Procter Street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79599/
[Texas Library Association Conference]
Photograph of two men and three women at a Texas Library Association (T. L. A.) conference. From the left to right, the people are identified as Z. T. Fortescue (Superintendent of Port Arthur Independent School District), Buster Crow (Port Arthur Mayor), Arless B. Nixon (T. L. A. President), the Assistant Librarian of San Antonio Library, and Pearle Burr (Tyrell Public Library). In the background, there is a group of people on board "Ava," a Texaco Company yacht. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79585/
[First National Bank]
Photograph of an exterior view of a building identified as the First National Bank. The building is two stories high, and an awning hangs from it over the sidewalk. A man and woman are walking into the door. In the foreground, there are other people walking and utility poles along the sidewalk. Horse-drawn carriages parked along the curb. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79556/
[Gates Memorial Library]
Photograph of a three unidentified women at Gates Memorial Library. Two women are sitting at a desk and one woman is standing beside them. The wall behind the desk is decorated with prints of paintings and photographs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79595/
[Photograph of Queens Float]
Photograph of the Port Arthur Diamond Jubilee Parade. The Queen's float is at the center in the middle of the crowds. It is a large float with a cloth cover. Buildings are lining the sides of the street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79510/
[Group of First Graders at Train Depot]
Photograph of a group of first graders from Travis Elementary School waiting for a train for a school field trip. The students are arranged in two long rows. One teacher is standing behind them. A rail car behind the group reads, "Baggage and Express, Railway Express Agency Inc." All the students and the teacher are dressed in coats and winter clothing. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79545/
[Beaumont Trolley Car]
Photograph of a trolley car in Beaumont, Texas. The car has a domed roof. The car is light on top and dark on the bottom half. Windows line the sides and front and rear of the car. The word "Beaumont" is painted on the front. Power lines are running above the car. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79547/
[Downtown Decorated for Christmas]
Photograph of downtown Port Arthur, TX decorated for the Christmas holiday. Long strands of pine garland stretch across the intersections and along the fronts of the downtown buildings. Large wreaths are dispersed along the garland. In the wreaths are stars and bells. Several downtown customers are walking up and down the car-lined street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79551/
[Aerial of Greenlawn Cemetery]
Photograph of the Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur, TX. The photograph is taken from the air. The cemetery is in the middle of a large, open area. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79512/
[Pleasure Pier Dance Pavilion]
Photograph of the Pleasure Pier dance pavilion in Port Arthur, TX. The building is raised above ground level on a wooden platform. A sand road leads up to the pavilion. Several drink advertisements are attached to the side of the pavilion. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79534/
[First National Bank]
Photograph of a brick building identified as the First National Bank on the corner of 500 Procter Street and Waco Avenue. The building is two stories high. In the background, there are other buildings. Text below the photograph says "Port Arthur Buildings--Corner Waco and Proctor Aves." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79555/
[Beaumont Trolley in Port Arthur]
Photograph of a trolley car traveling from Port Arthur, TX to Pear Ridge, TX. The car is attached by a long, diagonal pole to an electrical wire above it. The side of the car is lined in windows. Two of the windows are open. The side reads, "Beaumont, Pear Ridge, Port Arthur." The edge of a station platform is to the left of the trolley. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79548/
[Front View of Rose Hill Manor]
Photograph of Rose Hill Manor in Port Arthur, TX. The manor is a large, two story white house. Large covers and porches extend in all directions. Large white columns support the front porch and balcony. A wide sidewalk leads up to the front door. The walk is bordered by rows of bushes. Two white lamps are on either side of the walk. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79501/
[Kansas City Southern Passenger Car]
Photograph of a Kansas City Southern Passenger Car. The car is painted with the words, "Kansas City Southern, Port Arthur." There is a row of windows down the side of the car with shades partially drawn. It is hooked on both sides to more cars. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79542/
[Port Arthur Jubilee Parade]
Photograph of a parade celebrating Port Arthur's Golden Jubilee. Crowds of people are lining a city street to watch the parade. Large floats are progressing down the street. Parts of downtown Port Arthur can be seen on the parade route. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79508/
[Snow at Gates Memorial Library]
Photograph of snow outside of Gates Memorial Library. There are columns on two of the visible sides of the building. The snow is three inches high. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79583/
[Entrance to Pleasure Pier Ballroom]
Photograph of the entrance to the Pleasure Pier Ballroom in Port Arthur, TX. Three people are standing on the front stairs looking down at something. The main portion of the building has large windows traveling the length of the wall. Several metal barrels are on the sidewalk leading to the entrance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79530/
[Sabine Hotel]
Photograph of an exterior view of Sabine Hotel on the 500 block of Lakeshore Drive. The building is several stories high, and has a mesh enclosure around the first floor. A circle driveway leads to the building. Text below the photograph says "Sabine Hotel - 1899[,] Located where Sub-Courthouse now stands (1968)[.] Annex was already built on left[;] Plans were ready for annex on right[,] Burned 1903." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79578/
[Gates Memorial Library Reading Room]
Photograph of the Gates Memorial Library Reading Room. Two glass walls surround a circulation desk with a woman sitting on one side and other people standing on the opposite side of it. In the foreground, there are tables and shelves with periodicals; a girl is reading at a table. In the background, there are people sitting at tables surrounded by bookshelves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79593/
[Port Arthur Jail]
Photograph of an exterior view of a wooden building identified as the first city jail of Port Arthur, Texas. There are two narrow windows with bars over them, and several shingles are missing from the roof. Text at the bottom of the photograph says "First Port Arthur Jail 11-28-30." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79562/
[Men at Peanut Stand]
Photograph of a group standing by a peanut stand in Port Arthur, TX. There are several young boys and also men. Four of the group are specified. Left to right, starting with the two consecutive young boys, are Capt. Stephen T. Ward, L. C. "Peanut" Ward, John L. Ward, and Willie Ward. The mobile peanut cart is behind the group. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79526/
[Gates Memorial Library]
Photograph of an interior view of Gates Memorial Library. Two glass walls surround a circulation desk with one woman sitting on one side, and another woman standing on the opposite side of it. In the foreground, there are tables and shelves with periodicals. In the background, there are people sitting at tables surrounded by bookshelves. Text below the photograph says "Gates Memorial Library 1925." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79592/
[St. Mary's Catholic Church]
Photograph of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Port Arthur, TX. A bell tower is on the left. There are three doors into the church. A statue is on the awning above the church entrance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth79514/
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