Read The Plaque https://readtheplaque.com Always read the plaque en-us Helen Crandall https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/helen-crandall https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/helen-crandall 2020-05-26 21:50:14.321754 Helen Crandall Helen Crandall

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
HELEN CRANDALL
A VOLUNTEER NURSE WHO
DIED IN BERKELEY, CALIF
AT HER POST OF DUTY DURING
THE INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC OF
1918
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO NAN
THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY
DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"
ERECTED BY
THE CITY OF BERKELEY

Submitted by @elizabeth_joh

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Winfree Baptist Church https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/winfree-baptist-church https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/winfree-baptist-church 2020-05-26 20:38:06.225707 Winfree Baptist Church Winfree Baptist Church

The Winfree community originated in 1831 as a ranch of the early Texas settler Abraham Winfree. By 1914, the area had grown in population and the scattered rural churches were not adequate for the farming families of the area. After purchasing the deed to part of the land, community leaders established Burton Baptist Church in August 1915. It was named for Reverend F.A. Burton who was its first pastor. The church began with 23 members. Reverend Marion Stephenson served as pastor a year later. By 1920 the congregation grew to 86 members and also gained two deacons. In 1923 a larger church building was constructed nearby to replace the old one, and it was renamed Winfree Baptist Church. The community grew and by 1936 a women’s missionary society was established by the church. By 1940 a parsonage was built, then rebuilt as a modernized brick building ten years later.

By 1959, the congregation decided that a new church on new land needed to be built to accommodate the continued growth. A deed of 5.9 acres was bought by the church from Ivy Winfree Kimball. The new site, located just one mile south of the old site, was on land that Abraham Winfree    once owned in 1831. In the following years, the church saw the construction of an educational building, which was then rebuilt after a fire in 1980. The church built a new auditorium and other facilities over the years. Since 1915, the church has had 25 pastors and 23 deacons. The congregation has exceeded 1,000 members, and has funded the foundation of other churches and missionary work beyond Orange County, as far as Mexico and Southeast Asia.

Marker is Property of the State of Texas

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Rainbow Bridge https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/rainbow-bridge https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/rainbow-bridge 2020-05-26 20:38:03.286620 Rainbow Bridge Rainbow Bridge

The rapid growth of the petrochemical industry in Jefferson and Orange counties in the early 20th century led to increased population in this area. In order to serve escalating transportation needs, plans began in the 1920s for the construction of a bridge to span the Neches River.

Due to the depressed economy and differences of opinion among business leaders, the campaign to build the bridge (led by the Port Arthur "News" and American Legion Post No. 7) lasted for seven years. In 1934 Gov. Miriam A. Ferguson signed a special law to enable county bond and Federal Public Works Administration funds to pay for state highway bridge construction.

The project engineer, G. G. Wickline, used innovative techniques to design a bridge that would cross 7,742 feet of marshy terrain and river bottom. The bridge's 680-foot central span, designed to clear a Navy ship carrying a moored dirigible, was, at 176 feet, the world's highest elevated roadbed over tidal waters. The final cost of the bridge was $2,750,000. Its dedication on September 8, 1938, drew huge crowds and was a major local event. In a 1957 contest sponsored by the North Port Arthur Lions  Club, it was named "Rainbow Bridge."

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Janis Lyn Joplin https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/janis-lyn-joplin https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/janis-lyn-joplin 2020-05-26 20:37:57.337866 Janis Lyn Joplin Janis Lyn Joplin

(January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) A native of Port Arthur, famed blues and rock and roll singer Janis Joplin lived here with her family. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1960 and attended Port Arthur College and Lamar State College of Technology (Lamar University) in Beaumont. A liberal and outspoken free spirit, Janis rebelled against the conservatism of her hometown, and in 1962 she moved to Austin to study art at the University of Texas. She connected to the burgeoning Austin music scene and began singing in clubs around town, most notably at Threadgill's, a bar operated by Texas country singer and yodeler Kenneth Threadgill. With her raw and raspy singing style exhibiting the blues, jazz, country, cajun, gospel and soul music influences of east Texas and Louisiana, she was a popular local performer. Searching for wider acceptance, Joplin moved to San Francisco in 1963 and quickly became part of the growing folk music and counter-culture movement of the 1960s. Her performances at the 1967 International Pop and Jazz Festivals in Monterey brought her widespread recognition. Her first album, Cheap Thrills, with the band Big Brother and the Holding Company, was a wild success even as her personal life became marred with alcohol and drug abuse. Later recording with the Kosmic Blues Band and the Full-Tilt Boogie Band, she was an international sensation by the end of the decade. In August 1970, at the height of her fame, Joplin returned to Port Arthur for her ten-year high school reunion. Just two months later, she died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol; her ashes were spread along the coast of northern California. Her final album, Pearl, released after her death, earned a gold record.

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The Woodworth House (Rose Hill) https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-woodworth-house-rose-hill https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-woodworth-house-rose-hill 2020-05-26 20:37:50.025972 The Woodworth House (Rose Hill) The Woodworth House (Rose Hill)

J.H. Baxter of the Griffing Lumber Company built this residence in 1906 for R.H. Woodworth (d.1923). Wide verandas extend beyond the impressive columned portico of the Classic Revival structure. Woodworth, a business and civic leader, and his wife Mary (d. 1946) hosted numerous social gatherings here in the early 20th century. Since 1947, the house has been in the care of the Department Club of Port Arthur.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1978

Lower Plaque
Entered in the National Register of Historic Places
1979

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The Four Chaplains https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-four-chaplains https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-four-chaplains 2020-05-26 20:37:45.393467 The Four Chaplains The Four Chaplains

On February 3rd, 1943 as the American troopship Dorchester neared its destination, Greenland, it was torpedoed at 12:55 A.M. by a German submarine. The old ship immediately began to sink. As the men clamored to the deck, the four chaplains on board took charge of handing out life jackets. When the supply was exhausted, the chaplains removed their own life jackets and courageously gave them to others.

Minutes later, the Dorchester went under--with the four chaplains standing on the deck, their arms linked, singing praises to God. Many other men also went down with the ship.

Of the 904 troops on the ship, only 230 were rescued from the turbulent, icy waters of the North Atlantic by the three Coast Guard cutter escort.

These four chaplains represented the very truest form of love and brotherhood. The memory of their sacrifice should inspire each of us who believe in God to be willing to make whatever sacrifice is necessary to preserve the peace and freedom that is ours in this great nation.

Lt. Alexander Goode - Jewish Rabbi
Lt. George Fox - Protestant Minister
Lt. Clark Poling - Protestant Minister
Lt.   John Washington - Catholic Priest

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Filhiol Mound https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/filhiol-mound https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/filhiol-mound 2020-05-26 20:37:23.149212 Filhiol Mound Filhiol Mound

Filhiol Mound is a 7-foot-tall platform mound that measures 98 by 98 feet at the base. It was built in two episodes. The first episode was completed around AD 700. An Indian village extended from the mound to the Ouachita River. An 1850s cemetery in the summit has helped preserve the mound.

Lower Plaque
This archaeological site is on private property. Please view the site from the highway right-of-way.
NO TRESPASSING

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Captain John O'Donnell https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/captain-john-o-donnell https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/captain-john-o-donnell 2020-05-26 20:36:21.054701 Captain John O'Donnell Captain John O'Donnell

CAPTAIN JOHN O'DONNELL, THE FOUNDER OF
THE CANTON COMMUNITY, WAS A MAN OF GREAT
VISION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT. HE INITIATED
TRADE BETWEEN CANTON, CHINA AND BALTIMORE
IN 1785 OPERATING HIS OWN MERCHANT
SAILING VESSELS. THIS PUBLIC SQUARE,
ONCE THE SITE OF THE CANTON MARKET
IS DEDICATED IN HIS HONOR.

THE CANTON
IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
THE BOARD OF RECREATION AND PARKS

THE CITY OF BALTIMORE
MAYOR WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER.

Submitted by Patrick M. Ryan

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THE "INNOCENT" RAILWAY https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-innocent-railway https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/the-innocent-railway 2020-05-26 20:35:18.538659 THE "INNOCENT" RAILWAY THE


Submitted by @TweetsBennett

[Location approximate]

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John Muir Birthplace https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/john-muir-birthplace https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/john-muir-birthplace 2020-05-26 20:31:37.938535 John Muir Birthplace John Muir Birthplace

JOHN MUIR
1838 - 1914
NATURE'S APOSTLE
FATHER OF AMERICA'S NATIONAL
PARKS, CHAMPION OF WORLD
CONSERVATION & FOREVER A SCOT

Submitted by @TweetsBennett

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