Sabine Pass Battleground St Park
Texas has a long history, in which there have been many wars, against many foes. After gaining independence from Spain, Texas ultimately joined the Union. However, prior to the Civil War, Texas joined the Confederate States. On September 8, 1863, the little corner of Texas became a morale boosting focal point for the South. Lt Dowling and 46 men withstood and ultimately drove back an attempt by the U.S. Navy to invade Texas via the river with a fleet of four warships and 1200 men. What is left of Fort Griffin and Fort Manhassett is left as a monument to the events.
Today, it is a casual walk along paved paths. The site is a place for picnics and the boardwalk is popular for fishing.
Also from this point, if you look across the river and just to the south, you can see the old Sabine Pass Lighthouse (on the Louisiana side). The lighthouse is still standing, but was decommissioned by the US Coast Guard. The light mechanism and lenses are now on display inside the Gulf Coast Museum in downtown Port Arthur.
6100 Dick Dowling Rd.
Sabine Pass, TX 77640
To get there, go about 15 miles south of Port Arthur on HW87. When HW87 takes a right at the small stop sign in Sabine Pass, continue straight on Dowling Road / TX-3322 (south) about 1.5 miles.
Hours are 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
Admission is listed as $2 dollars on some websites, but in actuality it is free.