|City of Port Neches
1207 Port Neches Avenue
Port Neches, TX 77651
|Located on a bluff above the Neches River, Port Neches is surrounded by large industry and has a population that has grown to more than 14,000. Modern up-to-date schools, churches and business firms round out a modern community of today for those looking for a pleasant, clean and friendly home town. Visit the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce site at www.portneches.com.|
History of Port Neches
With the erection of refining and petrochemical plants in the area after the turn of the century, Grigsby’s bluff became Port Neches in 1901, according to state historical archive records in Austin. One of the first major plants built was by Central Asphalt and Refining. In 1906 the Texas Company purchased and remodeled the plant, making many improvements for the workers and the community.
This was only the beginning, for the small settlement has continued to grow until today Port Neches can boast of having one of the largest synthetic rubber plants in the world and a multi-million dollar chemical plant.
Other parks in Port Neches offer baseball facilities, playground areas and a running track. Park information: 409/727-2182.
Close proximity to the Neches River, Gulf of Mexico, bayous and Sabine Lake enables local citizens to enjoy all types of fishing—salt and fresh water; boating—power and sail; and water sports—skiing, swimming, and surfing.
Golf: (one hour or less from Port Neches) PUBLIC COURSES: Bayou Din and Henry Homburg in Beaumont, Port Groves in Groves and Babe Zaharias in Port Arthur. PRIVATE COURSES: Beaumont Country Club, Pinewood, and Willow Creek in Beaumont. Port Arthur Country Club in Port Arthur; Riverwood in Vidor; Wildwood in Village Mills; Chambers County in Anahuac; Sunset Grove in Orange, and Mallard Cove in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Built around 1810 in St. Martin Parish Louisiana, this authentic Cajun architectural style home was transported via barge down the Vermilion River south to the Intercoastal Canal then west into the Neches River to the city park of Port Neches, Texas.
This home of cypress was restored by LES ACADIENS DU TEXAS, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the culture and language of the Acadien people.
Presently, LA MAISON BEAUSOLEIL is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. Other times can be arranged for bus tours and special occasions by calling 409-722-1688, 408-722-9554, or 409-832-6733.
The grinches and grouches may argue that a playground is a superfluous frill that isn’t worth the $160,000 raised by the community or the many thousands of hours put in by more than 1,000 volunteers. But those who would be so shortsighted can’t see that Tugboat Island is evidence of a community that cares about its future and is willing to work together—and work hard—to accomplish a goal. It is evidence that thinking big can produce big results. It also shows that including everyone, down to letting the children who will play on Tugboat Island draw conceptual designs that were incorporated into the final plan, can bring a segmented community together in a team effort. Tugboat Island is built of stout timbers with the workmanship of some of the best craftsmen in the area. It should be a bright spot for Port Neches and the entire area for many years to come.
It will not be hard for visitors to the playground to recognize some of the benefits of Tugboat Island in the happy faces of the children cavorting on a spectacular playground. But to those who shared the work, Tugboat Island Playground will stand as a testament to a community that puts its money and sweat into following a vision to make this area just a little better for everyone.
Roger Cowles, Editor