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Sabine Pass State Historical Park

Dick Dowling Road, Port Arthur, TX 77655, USA

In 1863, the U.S. Navy attempted to invade Confederate Texas through the Sabine Pass to gain access to Houston -- the rail center of Texas. Guarding the pass was Fort Griffin, where on Sept. 8, 1863, Lt. Dick Dowling and 46 of his men used six cannons to defeat four gunboats and halt the invasion. In honor of the Texas defenders, a bronze statue of Dowling overlooks the 57.5-acre park. An interpretive pavilion illustrates the story of the battle, while a walking trail features historical markers. Four World War II ammunition bunkers stand witness to the site's use by the U.S. Army Coastal Artillery Division. A four-lane, wheelchair accessible, boat ramp provides easy access to the Sabine Pass Jetties, Sabine Lake or the Gulf of Mexico. Accessible sidewalks with handrails line the bulkheads, allowing visitors to fish the bountiful waters of the pass or gaze across to Louisiana and the Sabine Pass Lighthouse. Today, the Sabine Pass Battleground is a great place to fish or picnic while exploring the rich history of the uppermost point of the Texas coast.


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The site is located 1.5 miles south of the town of Sabine Pass on Dick Dowling Rd. and 15 miles south of Port Arthur via State Highway 87. State Highway 87 is closed between Sea Rim and High Island.

Visitor Services

Interpretive exhibits, public rest rooms; camping, trails, historical markers.

Regular Events

September, Dick Dowling commemoration.

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Daily, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Summer Hours: May 1- August 31, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM



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