[Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"]

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This film is unedited footage shot by a camera crew intended for a television show; the footage herein concerns events and sites in Port Arthur, Texas. The film begins with footage of a marshy beach, where family groups and individuals play sports, fish and hike. In the marsh, the crew tries to interact with an alligator. The film includes other material of recreational activity, such as: people operating jetskis, rowboats, motorboats, speedboats, sailboats, airboats, fishing boats, and barges; zydeco musicians playing music to restaurant patrons; and men playing frolf and golf. Various local sites of interest captured on film include: ...

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1 video (108 min., 57 sec.) : sd., col.

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This video is part of the collection entitled: Texas Historical Television Footage and was provided by UNT Media Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 3012 times , with 33 in the last month . More information about this video can be viewed below.

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  • Main Title: [Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"]
  • Added Title: Port Arthur, TX

Description

This film is unedited footage shot by a camera crew intended for a television show; the footage herein concerns events and sites in Port Arthur, Texas.

The film begins with footage of a marshy beach, where family groups and individuals play sports, fish and hike. In the marsh, the crew tries to interact with an alligator. The film includes other material of recreational activity, such as: people operating jetskis, rowboats, motorboats, speedboats, sailboats, airboats, fishing boats, and barges; zydeco musicians playing music to restaurant patrons; and men playing frolf and golf.

Various local sites of interest captured on film include: a statue of Lt. Richard (Dick) W. Dowling; an off-shore oil rig; local architecture, including the Rainbow Bridge; and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. In an interview at the museum, Dr. Sam Monroe, President of the Port Arthur Historical Society, describes the Port Arthur region as “an area where the Old South meets the Southwest.”

Much of the remainder of the film is comprised of footage of a carnival and nighttime parade in celebration of Mardi Gras. At this event, the crew films: carnival rides; parade spectators with Mardi Gras beads; the West Brook High School Navy JROTC and Lone Star Pipe Band of Beaumont, Texas; the parade float of the Red Hussars and Gates Memorial Library of Port Arthur, Texas; parade floats advertising "Mardi Gras 1999" and "1999 Austinaire Drill"; and drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and dancers. A brief clip of edited television news coverage concerning start-car racing begins in the middle of the carnival footage.

Physical Description

1 video (108 min., 57 sec.) : sd., col.

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Video interruptions from 00:00:00-00:00:33, 00:16:00, and 00:31:21.
Inserted news coverage at 01:43:41.
The program for which the films of the Texas Historical Television Footage collection were shot is not accessible, but the nature of the collection’s footage suggests it was intended for a public television show.

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Texas Historical Television Footage

The Texas Historical Television Footage collection comes from the University of North Texas Media Library and it contains video of various places across Texas; including Grapevine, McAllen, College Station, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville.

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  • Dec. 13, 2011, 3:26 p.m.

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  • April 16, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

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[Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"], video, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194019/: accessed September 29, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Media Library.