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Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Arthur Edward Stilwell

Arthur Edward Stilwell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 5, 2021
1. Arthur Edward Stilwell Marker

Son of Charles H. and Mary Stilwell, was born on October 21, 1859, in Rochester, New York. Young Arthur was greatly influenced by his grandfather, railroad builder Hamlin Stilwell, and according to family tradition vowed to be a railroad builder himself one day. He married Virginian Jennie A. Wood in 1879 and after many business successes set his sights on building a railroad system from the farming region of the midwestern U.S. to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Stilwell established the town of Port Arthur here on 4,000 acres in 1895. He later extended the Kansas City, Pittsburg, and Gulf Railroad from Shreveport south through western Louisiana to its terminus at Port Arthur. To promote settlement of the area Stilwell established a successful experimental farm, drilled water wells, and built a hotel, indoor swimming pool, and pleasure pier. In 1897 Port Arthur contained about 1,100 inhabitants. By 1900 Stilwell had completed a canal from Mesquite Point (7 miles south at Sabine Pass) to substantial port facilities at Port Arthur.

By fulfilling a childhood dream Arthur Stilwell not only founded the town of Port Arthur but in large
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measure laid the foundation for its future prosperity. Stilwell died on September 26, 1928, and was cremated.
Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845 - 1995
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10572.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 52.722′ N, 93° 55.681′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Proctor Street near Nashville Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Proctor Street, Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lakeshore/Lions Park (a few steps from this marker); Gates Memorial Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Gates Memorial Library (about 300 feet away); Port Arthur College (about 300 feet away); Ruby Ruth Fuller Building (about 500 feet away); Vuylsteke House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Federated Women's Clubs Of Port Arthur (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clubhouse of the Federated Women’s Clubs of Port Arthur (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
Arthur Edward Stilwell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, April 5, 2021
2. Arthur Edward Stilwell Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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