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Answer Line: How Lakeport got its name (Hint: All the river names were taken)

Nov. 1, 2017 at 10:38 p.m.


QUESTION: I live near Lakeport and drive through there many times during the week. Where does it derives its name? There's no lake, and there's no port.

ANSWER: It seems we're on a local history kick in Answer Line as of late. I like it, especially when it means I get to make the acquaintance of a woman, Donna Knox, who wrote for the newspaper under Margaret Estes. Estes was publisher of Longview's morning and afternoon newspapers many decades ago after her first husband, longtime newspaper publisher Carl Estes, died. (She later remarried and became Margaret Estes Davis.)

I found little written history about Lakeport, but City Secretary Darlene Shelton told me it started out as Elderville. It was first incorporated as Lakeport in 1965 and reincorporated as city of Lakeport in 1968.

Del Knox is a longtime Lakeport City Council member and mayor pro tem. He and his wife, Donna, had the first meeting to incorporate the city at their house. When I called this past week to fill in some of the blanks in Lakeport's history, Donna Knox told me people became interested in incorporating Lakeport because there was talk of a peach orchard in the area being turned into a livestock auction barn. She and her husband had just built a house in the area and wanted to protect their property values. (The livestock barn was built elsewhere.)

Incorporation required an established community, she said, but people in what would become the Lakeport area had never organized as a designated community. The Elderville community had, however, and had agreed to "let us use their situation so we would qualify as an established community," Knox said.

The "Lakeport" name was chosen because of the city's proximity to the Sabine River bridge.

"That's where Lakeport starts, right there at the bridge," she said, explaining that the people involved in organizing Lakeport wanted a name connected to the river, but all the river names were already taken.

Q: What will Taylor Hemness do after he leaves KLTV in Tyler?

A: He has left the ABC affiliate in Tyler to become the new weekday morning anchor at KSHB, an NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri.

Q: There is an amateur ham radio operators class or group in Longview. I need a phone number where it can be reached. I'm interested in joining this club.

A: The Longview/East Texas Amateur Radio Club does not provide a publicly available phone number. However, the organization has a website, at letarc.org, and I can tell you this group meets at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month in the Longview Fire Training Center at 411 American Legion Blvd. (That's adjacent to Teague Park.) Based on what I saw on the website, members have planned a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday at Posados in Longview. It also appears you'd find at least some of the members participating in an Ark-La-Tex Amateur Radio Tailgate Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Longview Trade Days, 1123 Jaycee Drive at the Longview Fairgrounds.

— Answer Line appears Thursday and Saturday. Email questions to answerline@news-journal.com, leave a message at (903) 232-7208 or write to P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606.

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