Founded in 1846 by Joseph Werner, a German immigrant., the town of Newport was located several miles east of Riverside in Walker County. The settlement served as a Trinity River port and had its heyday in the late 1850s. Several homes, businesses, and a post office operated at the site, but the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s reduced river traffic and led to the decline of the town. It disappeared from regional maps by the mid-1880s. But, a historical marker was established at the Werner Cemetery in 1936 to commemorate the town and its inhabitants.