Follow the History of the "Cradle of the Petroleum Age" on this 1 Day Tour of Beaumont. On January 10, 1901, the Lucas Gusher on Spindletop Hill exploded, shooting oil hundreds of feet in the air. The explosion was so intense that nine days later the oil column was still gushing nearly 200 feet high, producing around 100,000 barrels a day. Similar to the California Gold Rush of 1849, Beaumont experienced a surge in population from 9,000 in January of 1901 to over 30,000 a mere two months later. Over the next few years, dozens of oil companies were chartered. Six wells were erected on

Beaumont Birding Press Kit Southeast Texas has the views and the species unlike anywhere else. From the beaches of the coast to the piney woodlands, including our vast 900-acre wetlands, that offers a diverse population of wildlife and vegetation.  Thanks to Beaumont’s location smack in the path of two migratory bird flyways – the Central and Mississippi – hundreds of species call the region home either permanently or seasonally. Gulf habitats are essential to the annual cycles of many species of breeding and migrating including waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and

   With the permission of the Beaumont Kennel Club, the Cypress Creek Kennel Club of Texas, Inc. and the Galveston County Kennel Club, Inc. are hosting the 2nd Annual Texas Star Cluster All-Breed Dog Show in Beaumont, Texas, November 10-12 at the Ford Park Entertainment Complex. A Cocker Specialty show will take place on November 11 concurrently with the all-breed show. The event hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, with judging taking place before each night is over. Along with the all-breed show, there will be an AKC National Owner-Handler Series and Junior Handler Series

Overview: Chosen by fortune for glory, the world first knew Beaumont through Spindletop, the oil field that proved petroleum could be found in quantities to supply the world. The technology, industry and commerce that followed the petroleum bonanza grew and diversified until today. With the oil discovery came the nation's industrial age and 600 oil companies. Today, Beaumont is the region's largest city, a cultural crossroads rich in history, art and culture. Borrowing from the Cajun "lagniappe," meaning "a little something extra," Beaumont is "Texas with A

Visitors will find no shortage of kid-friendly activities in Beaumont, where families can pose for photos at the world's largest working fire hydrant, cradle a baby gator, experience the wonders of nature on a leisurely boat ride, experience life in an oil boomtown or engage in friendly competition on the mini-golf course or go-kart track. Gator Country Adventure Park At this alligator theme park, guests can see the lifespan of an alligator and get up close and personal with nature's wild.  With hands-on activities like holding the baby gators, to helping feed them, the whole

History & Overview Chosen by fortune for glory, the world first knew Beaumont through Spindletop, the oil field that proved petroleum could be found in quantities to supply the world. The technology, industry and commerce that followed the petroleum bonanza grew and diversified until today. Traces of those days of great oil wealth remain in Beaumont's abundance of elegant homes, dedication to the performing arts, plethora of museums, eminent hospitals and a university system working in partnership with industry. And just for the fun of it, Beaumont residents at play have the Big

From championship rodeos and Texas traditions to downtown parties and fido-friendly festivities, nearly every month in Beaumont brings a special event and another opportunity to enjoy mouth-watering food, live entertainment, outdoor pursuits and more. Be sure to visit our events calendar for up to date information.  January  Drillers Reunion - Each year, the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum marks the anniversary of the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop with the Drillers Reunion. The museum blows the replica gusher on site and stages period re-enactments and other activities.

10 Things to Do: Beaumont Written by Lori Moffatt. Photographs by Courtesy Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau. Known for its Louisiana-inspired food and relaxed (Louisiana-inspired?) pace, Southeast Texas—especially the so-called “Golden Triangle” of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange—has a lot going for it when it comes to entertainment. In the November issue, we take you to Suga’s Deep South Cuisine & Jazz Bar in historic downtown Beaumont, and here are ten other things to do while you’re in town.     Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Sweet as Suga's Written by Melissa Gaskill. Photographs by Will van Overbeek.  Some might call Suga’s Deep South Cuisine and Jazz Bar in Beaumont an accidental restaurant. Owner Hervy Hiner Jr. and his partner Rosalind Hall-Hiner share a lifelong love of food, but neither set out to make a career of it. Rosalind, a native of Beaumont, holds a master’s degree in social work and serves at a local hospice. She grew up cooking with her mother and grandmother and was the outstanding homemaking student in her senior class. Hervy grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Baylor