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Do you know about the Conch Shell wall that still stands off Procter Street in Port Arthur? The 125 ft. long and 3 feet high wall was built in 1929 with thousands of conch shells from the Cayman Islands! Stop by our gift shop and pick up some Conch Shell wall greeting cards! ... See MoreSee Less

Do you know about the Conch Shell wall that still stands off Procter Street in Port Arthur? The 125 ft. long and 3 feet high wall was built in 1929 with thousands of conch shells from the Cayman Islands!  Stop by our gift shop and pick up some Conch Shell wall greeting cards!

 

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I was wondering about that. I pass by it every day to work

It was a project of Ambrose Eddingston and in the 1920s was one of the fanciest places to live in Port Arthur. Port Arthur is a sister city to the Cayman Islands and a number of people came to the city from those islands in the early years. Sculptor Dionico Rodriguez made a cave, a fish pond, and other elements on the grounds using a technique he pioneered of making concrete look like wood. A popular local story suggests that Capt. Eddingston imported more than just conch shells from the Cayman Islands - some believe he used his strange cargo to smuggle rum in violation of Prohibition! An interesting story behind this wall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. - The Curator

"Eddingston Court" is the name of the apartment complex - it has been in disrepair since before Hurricane Rita and it is dangerous to go on the grounds today, so please heed the "keep out" sign!

My aunt lived there. I used to clean her apartment when a teenager.

My great aunt lived there, Mary Lou Comfort.

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We always have a HOOT here at the Museum! Come to our gift shop and get you one or more of these soft and fuzzy Snowy Owls! ... See MoreSee Less

We always have a HOOT here at the Museum! Come to our gift shop and get you one or more of these soft and fuzzy Snowy Owls!

 

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"Whhoooooo you looking at?" 😂😂😂

This book will no doubt be your child’s FAVORITE book! And it’s available in our gift shop NOW! ... See MoreSee Less

This book will no doubt be your child’s FAVORITE book! And it’s available in our gift shop NOW!