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

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