In the late 1800s, Arthur Stillwell, owner of the Port Arthur Townsite Company, constructed a railroad from Kansas City to Lake Sabine and gave many of the towns along the way Dutch names because of financial backing from Holland. While many Dutch settled here, people also came from other parts of Texas and the United States. Growth came in earnest with discovery of the Spindletop Oil Field, just seven miles north in Beaumont, in 1901.
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