A Main Street City
Beaumont was founded in 1835 and was named after Mary Dewburleigh Barlace Warren Beaumont, the wife of the town’s founder, Henry Millard. The city’s early growth was driven by the timber industry, and by the late 1800s, Beaumont had become a major center for oil production. The discovery of oil in the Spindletop oil field in 1901 ushered in a period of rapid growth and prosperity for the city.
One of the most popular attractions in Beaumont is the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. This museum tells the story of the oil boom that transformed Beaumont and features a replica of the town’s early 1900s buildings, including a saloon, general store, and post office. Visitors can also take a tour of the Lucas Gusher, which was the largest gusher of the Spindletop oil field and changed the course of the city’s history.
Another popular attraction in Beaumont is the Beaumont Botanical Gardens. This 23-acre garden features a variety of plants, including roses, camellias, azaleas, and more. Visitors can also explore the Warren Loose Conservatory, which houses a variety of tropical plants and butterflies. For those interested in art and culture, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas is a must-visit. The museum features a collection of contemporary art and hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The Jefferson Theatre, a restored Art Deco-style theater, also hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and other performances throughout the year.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many parks and nature trails in Beaumont. The Big Thicket National Preserve is a popular destination for hiking, fishing, and camping. The Cattail Marsh Wetlands is also a great spot for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.
With its rich history, diverse culture, great food and natural beauty, it’s a destination that has something for everyone.
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