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When the fifth annual Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival electrifies the Procter Street Pavilion in downtown Port Arthur on June 8 and 9, there will be no induction ceremony for the late jazz guitar genius at the nearby Museum of the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame. That’s because the Port Arthur legend was enshrined there years ago, alongside fellow musical prodigies Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter and others who caused the name of Port Arthur to be writ large in the pantheon of stars.

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When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 – only five days after Lee surrendered to Grant to end the Civil War – it marked the end of a giant of a man who led the fight to preserve the Union. But it was the beginning of a remarkable cult of personality unprecedented in American history.

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Jake’s Place in Nederland is a classic Texas beer joint, located near the end of Spurlock Road in a part of town that manages to be both residential and semi-industrial at the same time.

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