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The Gulfgate Bridge
AKA Martin Luther King Bridge
Port Arthur, Texas

Photos courtesy Capt. David R. Byrnes

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Gulf Gate Bridge or Martin Luther King Bridge, Port Arthur, Texas
The Gulfgate Bridge in Port Arthur
Gulf Gate Bridge and ship, Port Arthur, Texas
"The Gulfgate Bridge in Port Arthur over the Sabine-Neches Ship Canal. The Bridge only has a 136 vertical Clearance and is a restriction to the Height of which a ship can safely pass under." - Photo taken 5-9-05 by Capt. David R. Byrnes, Sabine Pilots
Port Arthur became a port of entry in 1906 and two years later the canal was extended up the Neches River to Beaumont and Orange.

The Gulfgate Bridge (since renamed the Martin Luther King Bridge) was built in the 1960s to connect Port Arthur with Pleasure Island and Louisiana.
Martin Luther King Bridge, Port Arthur, Texas


Another view of the Gulfgate Bridge

Photo by John Troesser, 5-03
The Neches River Rainbow Bridge, (1939) crosses the Neches River on State Highway 87 between Port Arthur and Orange.

John Troesser
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