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Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

City of Sabine and Sabine Pass

 
 
City of Sabine and Sabine Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
1. City of Sabine and Sabine Pass Marker
Inscription.  The first known settlers in this area were John McGaffey and Thomas Courts, who arrived in 1832. Sam Houston assisted Manuel de los Santos Coy in acquiring a land grant here in 1833. Two years later Houston and two partners purchased Coy's property holdings. On January 19, 1839, Gen. Sam Houston signed the charter that established the city of Sabine.

Houston was active in promoting the sale of 2,060 town lots. The city soon flourished. Houston and his partners lost title to the town when the General Land Office determined that John McGaffey held original claim to the lands.

The city of Sabine developed into a major port. In 1860 the State Legislature, in approving a new charter for the city, changed the name to Sabine Pass. It was the scene of a major Civil War engagement in 1863, with Confederate forces preventing a Union attempt to capture the port and gain major inroads into Texas.

The Federal Harbor Act of 1882 led to construction of jetties here and development of inland ports along the Neches and Sabine rivers. By the early 20th century Sabine Pass began to decline due to hurricane damage which prevented railway
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Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10500.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is January 19, 1839.
 
Location. 29° 44.083′ N, 93° 53.634′ W. Marker is in Sabine Pass, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Broadway Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is one of several located within Lions Community Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sabine Pass TX 77655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass (here, next to this marker); Sabine Bank Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Melvin Gillette (a few steps from this marker); Fort Sabine (a few steps from this marker); Spaight's 11th Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Sabine Pass World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sabine Pass Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Dick Dowling (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sabine Pass.
 
Also see . . .  Sabine Pass, Texas - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
 
City of Sabine and Sabine Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
2. City of Sabine and Sabine Pass Marker
Markers visible in this photo from left to right are Fort Sabine, Sam Houston City of Sabine Sesquicentennial Monument, City of Sabine and Sabine Pass, and 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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