Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
Almost every day there are stories in local papers about subsidized housing. The headlines are usually about the citizens of the affected city protesting – not in my backyard. There are those that say these people objecting are racist and elitist. That might be true except almost every race is represented among those needing subsidized housing and those opposing subsidized housing.
One hundred and sixteen years ago, the organization that was to become the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce held its first annual banquet. In 1899, this city was a few buildings and dirt streets. In a book about Port Arthur, I read that Port Arthur streets on a Saturday were crowded with a mixture of seafarers, businessmen (accompanied by well-dressed women), wagons, horses, wandering herds of cattle and swarms of mosquitoes. It was a town in the process of growing into the Star of the Gulf Coast.