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Port Arthur

Port Arthur is on the lower west bank of Sabine Lake and seventeen miles southeast of Beaumont in southeast Jefferson County. Established in 1895, by the fall of 1897 it had 860 residents, and the following spring it was incorporated. The eruption of Spindletop on January 10, 1901, secured the city's future. Major oil companies like Gulf, Magnolia, Humble, and Texaco, all emerged from the oil boom. Gulf in 1901 and Texaco in 1902 built major refineries at Port Arthur. By 1909 Port Arthur had become the twelfth largest port in the United States in value of exports, and by 1914 it was the second largest oil-refining point in the nation. By 1950 five refineries in the Port Arthur area employed some 12,000 workers, whose salaries accounted for 50 percent of the money spent in Port Arthur stores.

Frederick Miller (1907-1918)
Chuck Schilling has done some investigation into this brewery. He reports that there is no physical evidence of a brewery in Port Arthur, and that Frederick Miller only ran a bottling plant which did not bottle beer while he owned it. Chuck concludes, "It is my opinion that the existence of this brewery cannot be corroborated and should be looked upon with extreme skepticism."

Until more conclusive proof can be found, the Miller brewery has a big question mark beside it.