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Sabine Pass, Port Arthur, Texas is located in Texas
Location of Sabine Pass

Sabine Pass is a neighborhood of Port Arthur, Texas, United States. It lies on the west bank of Sabine Pass, near the Louisiana border.

Originally known as Sabine City, the original date of settlement of Sabine Pass is unknown, but is estimated at 1836. During the American Civil War, Fort Sabine and Fort Griffin were built by the Confederacy to protect the waterway of Sabine Pass and the Sabine River and Neches River, which it leads to.

Although the city was formally annexed by Port Arthur in 1978, Sabine Pass has continued to maintain a separate identity.

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Hurricanes

Church and building severely damaged by Hurricane Ike

Because of the small distance separating Sabine Pass from the Gulf of Mexico, the city has suffered greatly from numerous hurricanes since its founding. After hurricanes in 1886, 1900, 1915, and the devastating Hurricane Audrey in 1957, economic development moved north from Sabine Pass to the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange, which still dominate the area's economy today.

On September 24, 2005, Hurricane Rita came ashore over Sabine Lake -- the surge from the storm destroyed more than 90% of the structures in Sabine Pass.

In September 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Galveston, but managed to generate the highest surge ever recorded at Sabine Pass.[1]

Wildlife Habitats

Sabine Pass is known for its wildlife. Sea Rim State Park and McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge lie at the end of Highway 87. The two provide excellent wildlife and especially bird watching venues. Camping on the Gulf of Mexico beach at Sea Rim State Park is a popular attraction. However the park has not been well kept and suffered extensive damage do to hurricane Rita and hurricane Ike.

Education

Sabine Pass Independent School District serves the community.

The section of Port Arthur within the Sabine Pass School District is assigned to Galveston College in Galveston.[2]

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