Port of Beaumont

Port of Beaumont (HM1FZ3)

Location: Beaumont, TX 77701 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 4.741', W 94° 5.51'

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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
HM NumberHM1FZ3
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 3:55am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 394775 N 3328043
Decimal Degrees30.07901667, -94.09183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 4.741', W 94° 5.51'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 4' 44.46" N, 94° 5' 30.6" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1101-1199 Main St, Beaumont TX 77701, US
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