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[Plaza Hotel]

[Plaza Hotel]

Date: unknown
Creator: Artie Herbert Photography
Description: Photograph of a building identified as the Plaza Hotel on 500 Lakeshore Drive. The building is three stories high and is decorated with arches on the bottom floor. Outside the building, there are cars parked on a driveway and trees in a yard. Text below the photograph says "Plaza," "1909-1934," and "500 Lakeshore." The hotel was constructed in 1909 by Bet-a-Million Gates, and was torn down in 1934.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[McLaughlin School]

[McLaughlin School]

Date: unknown
Creator: Artie Herbert Photography
Description: Photograph of a wooden building identified as McLaughlin School on 700 Procter Street. The building has two windows on each visible side. In the foreground, planks of wood are laying on the ground. Text below the photograph says "The first school, built, painted and furnished in one day." It was constructed on March 1, 1897, and was the first school building in Port Arthur.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
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