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

Port of Beaumont

 
 
Port of Beaumont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 13, 2014
1. Port of Beaumont Marker
Inscription. The city of Beaumont, 41 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, was served from its founding in 1837 by schooners and sternwheelers navigating the Neches River. The three-foot depth of Sabine Lake between the river's mouth and the Gulf limited passage to shallow-draft vessels. Surveys after 1852 recommended navigation improvements, and dredging of a 12-foot-deep channel at Sabine Pass began in 1876.

Competition appeared in 1897 when a new railroad passed through Beaumont to terminate at Sabine Lake. There Port Arthur was established and a 25-foot-deep canal was dug from the Gulf to the new city.

Other railroads and Beaumont businesses then supported extension of the new canal and deep-dredging of the Neches. In 1911 Beaumont shared half the cost with the Federal government of dredging a 25-foot-deep channel. One year later a Wharf and Dock Commission was appointed by Mayor Emmett A. Fletcher (1867-1943); Charles E. Walden (1865-1938) was its first chairman.

The deep water port and Sabine-Neches waterway were officially opened in 1916. The Port of Beaumont Navigation District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1949. Local citizens approved bonds in 1971 to construct Harbor Island Marine Terminal.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 
Erected
Port of Beaumont Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 13, 2014
2. Port of Beaumont Marker
1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10554.)
 
Location. 30° 4.741′ N, 94° 5.51′ W. Marker is in Beaumont, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling east on Franklin Street. Touch for map. The marker is on your left as you enter the Port of Beaumont. Marker is in this post office area: Beaumont TX 77701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Theatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas' First Rice Mill (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Lucas Gusher (approx. 3.3 miles away); French Trading Post (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Port of Beaumont. Though almost unheard of, The Port of Beaumont is the fourth busiest port in the United States
 
Also see . . .
1. The Port's Website. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. A Page on the Port on the Ports of Texas Website. (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Port of Beaumont in Wikipedia (Article needs to be fleshed out.). (Submitted on August 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Ship at the Port of Beaumont image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 13, 2014
3. Ship at the Port of Beaumont
Ship at the Port of Beaumont image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 13, 2014
4. Ship at the Port of Beaumont
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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