History of The Airport

History of The Airport

Originally named Jefferson County airport, this facility has served area residents since the World War II era. Jefferson County Commissioners purchased land to build the airport in 1941, and its development, which included three runways, a taxiway system and apron facilities, began the following year, with initial construction completed in early 1944. Eastern Airlines conducted the first scheduled flight in March of that year. During the War, the airport also served U.S. Marine Air Corps Dive Bomber Squadron No. 931 as a base for advanced training. Pilot trainees used floating targets in the Gulf of Mexico off Sabine Pass for gunnery and dive-bombing practice.

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Jack Brooks Biography

Jack Brooks Biography

Congressman Jack Brooks (D-Texas) – Biography

Congressman Jack Brooks, one of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives from Texas, earned national recognition for his major contributions to civil rights legislation, his dogged protection of civil liberties, his role as a watchdog over government spending and operations, and his part in the impeachment proceedings of President Richard M. Nixon. A lifelong Democrat with a reputation for straight talk and extensive constitutional and legal knowledge, Brooks represented the Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1953 through 1966 and the Ninth Congressional District from 1967 through 1995. He served for more than fifteen years as the dean of the Texas congressional delegation.

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Economic Boom?

Economic Boom?

Southeast Texas is enjoying yet another boom  in the petro-chemical industry, with several billion dollar projects underway and planned for the next 10 years. Along with the current and projected employment increases have come hundreds of new retail outlets and restaurants to further diversify the economy. Additional areas of growth have been in healthcare, with two new hospitals, research and development; food processing, tourism, aircraft and metals and construction.

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