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[Port Arthur Cycle Works]

Description: Photograph of Port Arthur Cycle Works on Sixth Street and Austin Avenue. Several men are standing under the awning attached to the building; two men are holding bicycles. Legible signs on the building say "Port Arthur Cycle Works," "Bicycles," and "We Sell Them." In the background, there are other buildings. Text surrounding the photograph says "July 4th, 1902 Celebration" and "Bicycle Shop Sixth and Austin - 1902."
Date: July 4, 1902
Item Type: Photograph

[Interior View of Gates Home]

Description: Photograph of an interior view of the home of John W. Gates on Lakeshore Drive. In the foreground, there are two chairs and a desk in front of a fireplace. Several trinkets are on top of the desk, and a painting hangs above the fireplace. In the background, there are chairs and tables. Several paintings are displayed on the walls, and a chandelier hangs from the ceiling.
Date: 1905~
Item Type: Photograph

[Residence of W. D. Griffing]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of the home of W. D. Griffing on 4200 Twin City Highway. The house is two stories high and arches decorate the front entrance. In the foreground, there is a field with trees and plants. Text below the photograph says "Residence of W. D. Griffing, Port Arthur, Texas. Mr. Griffing is one of the Griffing Brothers, Nurserymen of Florida, Alabama, and Texas, the largest and most complete Nurserymen organization in the South." A circle symbol with "GB" in it is printed to the left of the text.
Date: 1905~
Item Type: Photograph

[Women at Gates Memorial Library]

Description: 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.
Date: 1905~
Item Type: Photograph

[Gentlemen's Resort]

Description: Photograph of a group of men at The Grotto, a gentlemen's resort on 449 Procter Street. Two men are standing behind a bar; three men wearing coats and hats are standing on the opposite side of the bar. In the background, there are mirrors decorated with arches and ornately carved columns. Three wreaths hang on the mirrors. Denton L. Burch was the proprietor of the resort.
Date: 1906
Item Type: Photograph

[Group of Students]

Description: Photograph of the first group of students at Port Arthur Industrial Arts and Manual Training High School. They are posing in six rows on the entryway stairs, and students are also sitting around the pillars of the entryway. In the background, there are two sets of double doors.
Date: September 1906
Item Type: Photograph

[Elementary School Students]

Description: Photograph of Webster School elementary students. The students are posing in four rows, and a teacher is in the back row on the right end. Handwritten text at the top of the photograph says "Mary McFarland," with illegible text to the right. Each person has a handwritten number over them; the numbers start at "1" and end with "41". Illegible words are written above persons 8 and 10. Accompanying material identifies the children as "Second Grade at Webster School about 1907" and "1. Robert Chambees, 2. Robert Roder 3. Tom Sculley 4. 5. 6. 7. Steve Stafford 8. 9. Newton 10. Mrs. Fortrom 11. Rhysonour 12. Penny Nickleson 13. 14. 15. 16. Dovie S. 17. Gladys Holified (Going) 18. 19. 20. Phoebe Woodsworth 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Mary McFarland (Elan) 28. Julia Bammert 29. Dena Rhysonour 30. ... Kirmyer 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Charlie Frost 36. Sam Ransom 37. Geo. Woodsworth 38. Ce... Youngblood 40. Roy Sutton 41. Russell Dunn 42. Oleander Stafford. Steve's Twin." Text to the right side says "Schools."
Date: 1907
Item Type: Photograph

[Port Arthur Industrial Arts and Manual Training High School]

Description: Photograph of a crowd of students standing in front of Port Arthur Industrial Arts and Manual Training High School. The building is three stories high and a sign on the front says "Port Arthur High School." It is located on Stilwell Boulevard and Lakeshore, and was built in 1906. Text below the photograph says "Industrial Arts and Manual Training High School - 1907."
Date: 1907
Item Type: Photograph

[American Brewing Association Wagon]

Description: Photograph of two men sitting on an American Brewing Association wagon. The wagon is filled with barrels and is pulled by horses; text on the side of the wagon says "American Brewing Ass'n." The men are delivering the barrels to Guy Moore's livery stables on Dallas Avenue and Fourth Street. In the background, there are wooden buildings and a man standing in a yard.
Date: 1908
Item Type: Photograph

[Local Fishermen]

Description: Photograph of a group of local fishermen posing with fish in front of Rogers Opera House. Some fish are tied to poles the men are holding, and some men are holding the fish by ropes. Text at the bottom of the photograph says "Rogers Opera House - 1908 (Built 1898)."
Date: 1908
Item Type: Photograph

[John W. Gates Residence]

Description: Photograph of a house on Lakeshore Drive identified as a residence of John W. Gates. The house is two stories high, and has an awning that spans around the house. Four columns on the front of the house extend to the second floor. In the foreground, there are small trees and shrubs. In the background, there is a wooden building. Text at the bottom of the photograph says "N. M. Nielsen, Pub." and "John W. Gates Lake Shore Drive Residence, Port Arthur, Texas."
Date: 1909
Item Type: Photograph

[Mary Gates Memorial Hospital]

Description: Photograph of a building identified as Mary Gates Memorial Hospital on Dallas Avenue and Lakeshore Drive. The building is three stories high, and a flight of stairs leads to the entrance. One woman is standing at the top of the stairs. Two people are standing to the side of the stairs on the ground. In front of the building, there are trees. The hospital was built by John W. Gates, in memory of his mother. It was later used as Port Arthur's City Hall, and then torn down in the 1970s.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Photograph

[Plaza Hotel Under Construction]

Description: Photograph of a view of the Plaza Hotel under construction from the Pleasure Pier area. In the background, there are other buildings. In the foreground, there is a body of water and a pier.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Photograph

[Proposed Plaza Theatre]

Description: Photograph of an artist's rending of the proposed Plaza Theatre, which became Elks Theatre. At the top of the front and side of the building, there are busts of elk's heads. A balcony on the front has text on it that says "19 Plaza Theatre 10." Text at the top-left of the photograph says "Plaza Theatre, Cor. Austin Ave. and 4th St. Port Arthur, Texas."
Date: 1910
Item Type: Photograph

[Boat Launching]

Description: Photograph of several men and women standing on the boat, Juliette, at its launching. Each person is holding a group of mackerels, and mackerels are hanging from the sides of the boat. The fish came from a record catch at Sabine Jetties.
Date: August 15, 1910
Item Type: Photograph

[Goldsberry and Knowles]

Description: Photograph of two men wearing coats and hats, sitting on a horse-drawn carriage. They are identified as Goldsberry and Knowles. Behind them, there is a wooden building with a sign that says "Goldsberry and Knowles Photographers." Handwritten text at the bottom of the photograph says "Goldsberry and Knowles, photographers."
Date: 1911
Item Type: Photograph

[Stilwell Heights School]

Description: Photograph of a group of students at Stilwell Heights School. They are posing in three rows; a teacher is sitting in the center of the middle row. In the background, there are windows and a staircase.
Date: 1911
Creator: Lacey, Gladys
Item Type: Photograph

[New Business Under Construction]

Description: Photograph of construction of a building for a new business in downtown Port Arthur, Texas. Two men are standing on a wooden platform and are hammering a board. Another man is standing inside the structure. Text below the photograph says "11/25/11."
Date: November 25, 1911
Item Type: Photograph

[Dallas Avenue School]

Description: Photograph an an exterior view of a building identified as Dallas Avenue School. The building is three stories high, and a sign above an arched doorway says "Dallas Ave School."
Date: 1912
Item Type: Photograph

[Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of a brick building identified as Dallas Avenue Elementary School. A sign above an archway says "Dallas Ave School."
Date: 1912
Item Type: Photograph

[First Gates Day Memorial Celebration]

Description: Photograph of a crowd of people gathered at the first Gates Day memorial celebration. In the background, there are several houses. John W. Gates died in 1911 in Paris; the memorial celebration was held every year until 1918, when Mrs. Gates requested it to be discontinued.
Date: 1912
Item Type: Photograph

[J. E. Guimont and Son Tin Shop]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and a horse-drawn wagon in front of J. E. Guimont and Son Tin Shop on 537 Procter Street. The side of the wagon says "Phone 236" and "J. E. Guimont & Son." In the background, a ladder is leaning against the building. A sign beside the building says "Guimont & Sheet Metal Workers."
Date: 1912~
Item Type: Photograph

[Port Arthur Businesses]

Description: 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.
Date: 1912~
Item Type: Photograph

[Port Arthur Water Plant]

Description: Photograph of the first Port Arthur Water Plant, located at Houston Avenue and Lakeshore. The building is two stories high, and there are two smoke stacks protruding from it. In the background, there are other buildings and a water tower. Text below the photograph says "Water Plant."
Date: 1912
Item Type: Photograph