Attractions / History

Buddhist Temple |County/City Heritage |Pompeiian Villa |Gulf Coast Museum
Port of Port Arthur |Queen of Peace Statue and Gardens |Rose Hill |Sabine Pass State Park
Texas Artist Museum |Vuylsteke Home |White Haven |Birding |Map & More


Port Arthur is the namesake of Arthur E. Stilwell who platted the 1895. He envisioned Port Arthur as a resort, as a port City and as the terminus of the railroad he would eventually build linking Port Arthur to Kansas City. John W. "Bet-A-Million" Gates, gained control of the Stilwell interest and built a rice mill in Port Arthur in 1900. He spent $1.4 million to dredge the Port Arthur ship canal then ceded it to the federal government for one dollar. This transaction was completed by Congress' designation of Port Arthur as a port of entry, and by 1914 it ranked as the twelfth largest port in the United States and the second largest refining port. Today Port Arthur is the home of three major refineries and still the important terminus of the Kansas City Southern railroad. The town of a mere one thousand souls in 1900, has grown to almost 60,000 with a diversifying economy to sustain Port Arthur's growth into the twenty-first century.




BUU MON BUDDHIST TEMPLE

       2701 Proctor St. Altar Buddha, drums, bells, ceremonies for visitors. 
      Call for an appointment.  
 
       1-409-982-9319.


COUNTY/CITY HERITAGE

    County Sub Courthouse, 525 Lakeshore Dr., and City Hall, 444 4th St., 5th floor. Government memorabilia, documents and displays.


POMPEIIAN VILLA

1953 Lakeshore Dr. Listed in National Register, pink villa summer home, c. 1900, for "barbed-wire king:, Issac Ellwood. Tours available, fee. 1-409-985-5977.


MUSEUM OF THE GULF COAST

700 Procter St.,Janis Joplin and other S.E. Texas music and sports legends featured along with displays, photos and artifacts for prehistoric, pirates, civil war, oil discovery & production, maritime and other local items of interest. Open 7 days a week.

1-409-982-7000.


PORT OF PORT ARTHUR

900 4th St. Port of Intracostal Waterway. Tours available. 1-409-983-2011 or 1-409-983-2029.


QUEEN OF PEACE STATUE AND GARDENS

801 9th Ave., Pagoda and Oriental gardens in Hoa Binh Park.


ROSE HILL

100 Woodworth Blvd. Listed in National Register, colonial style home, c. 1906. Available for events and tours. 1-409-985-7292.


TEXAS ARTISTS MUSEUM

Local artists featured in montly art exhibits. Juried art shows held bi-annually. 3501 Cultural Center Dr. Open Tue.-Fri. 10-5pm, Sat. 10-2pm. 1-409-983-4881.


VUYLSTEKE HOME

1831 Lakeshore Dr., Lamar University-Port Arthur Campus. Built by the first Dutch counsel to Port Arthur, c. 1906. Tours by appointment. 1-409-984-6101


WHITE HAVEN

2425 Lakeshore Dr. Georgian revival-style home,c. 1915. Special tours, available by appointment 1-409-984-6101


SABINE PASS DICK DOWLING STATE PARK

Hwy. 87 South, Sabine Pass. 56-acre park with 10 camping hook-ups, boat ramp and monument on site of Civil War Confederate Victory.


SEA RIM STATE PARK

Hwy 87, Gulf of Mexico. Nature trail, boardwalk in marsh. Birding, 290 species of birds

1-409-971-2559


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

3648 Staff sgt. Lucian Adams Drive, 16 foot bronze sculptued shrine with surrounding stained slass & garden. 409-962-6777