A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 08, 2006
Cajun Capital of Texas (Port Arthur nickname)

Port Arthur is close to Louisiana and has been called the “Cajun Capital of Texas.”


30 August 1969, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “About Cajun Cooking In Port Arthur Town” by Frank X. Tolbert, section A, pg. 17:
PORT ARTHUR is sometimes called “The Cajun Capital of Texas” because it hasso many inhabitants originally from the French-speaking parishes of southern Louisiana. Other day I was talking with a Cajun friend in “Port Ar-tour”, as he pronounces the name of his adopted home town.

4 February 1973, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “‘Dirty Rice’ Favored In Texas Cajun Town” by Frank X. Tolbert, section A, pg. 37:
PORT ARTHUR is sometimes ca;led “The Cajun Capital of Texas.” This is because so many thousands of folks of French descent from southwestern Louisiana have moved to this highly-industrialized Texas seaport. The first place I visited when I was in Port Arthur (or Po’ Ar-tour as the Cajuns call it) last Wednesday was an institution called Jedice’s French Market on 7th Street.

13 July 1976, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Judice uses crawfish fat to make his roux” by Frank X. Tolbert, section D, pg. 3:
They work in Judice’s French Market in Port Arthur, “the Cajun capital of Texas,” and Eunice Crochet said: “We are 100 percent Texas Cajuns.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, December 08, 2006 • Permalink