Beaumont Texas

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Beaumont Texas

Tyrrell Library Beaumont Texas

Beaumont Texas began as trading post established by French and Spanish explorers and trappers in the early 1800’s. The city, originally named Tevis Bluff after Noah and Nancy Tevis the first settlers, was established in 1824. Henry Millard and his partners purchased the property in 1835and a proposed town. Beaumont was the maiden name of Millard’s wife. The First Congress of the Republic of Texas was granted a charter in 18138, and Beaumont was designated as the seat for Jefferson County.

Places to Visit in Beaumont Texas: 

Beaumont is known as “The Museum Capital of Texas” because the number and variety of museums located in the region.

Museums:

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Features include a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, mixed media and folk arts. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits. Open Mon-Fri 9AM-%M, Sat 10Am-5PM and Sun Noon-5PM. No admission fee. Located at 500 Main Street.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum

This three time basketball All-American, three time Olympic gold medalist and world class pioneering woman golfer. Exhibits include trophies and memorabilia. Open daily. Located at I-10 & MLK Parkway.

Edison Museum

Located inside the historic Travis Street Station this museum features the largest collection of Thomas Edison’s inventions west of Mississippi through interactive exhibits and more than 60 artifacts. Open Mon.-Fri. 9AM-5PM. Located at 350 Pine Street.

Fire Museum of Texas

This museum is home to the world largest fire hydrant which was donated by Walt Disney Studios. The 24 foot working hydrant was made to celebrate the re-release of the Disney animated classic “101 Dalmatians”. The museum is a 1927 fire station and has displays of antique fire bells, leather buckets, nozzles, badges and vintage fire engines. Open Mon-Fri. 8AM-4:30PM. Located at 400 Walnut in the Old Central Fire Station.

John J. French Historic House and Museum

Historic pioneer settlement house built in 1845 by John Jay French who was a tanner and merchant. The home features antique furnishings, clothing and pioneer household items. Outbuildings include blacksmith shop, tannery, corncrib and smokehouse. Open Tues-Sat 10AM-4PM. Located at 3025 French Road. Admission Fee

McFaddin-Ward House

This restored beaux-arts Colonial mansion and carriage house built from 1906-1908. The main home features original possessions and the lifestyle of a wealthy Southeast Texas family during the first half of the 20th century. The carriage house features the servant’s quarters and other support functions that the home and family required. Guided tours of the house begin every half hour. Reservations are suggested. Open Tues-Sat 10-11:30AM and 1-3PM. Sunday 1-3PM. Admission Fee. Located at 1906 Calder Ave.

Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown

This museum represents the Gladys City Boomtown with typical clapboard buildings of the era, including an information center, post office, photo studio, saloon, livery stable, blacksmith shop, surveyor’s office and wooden oil derricks. The Lucas Gusher Monument commemorated the beginning of the world modern petroleum industry that occurred on January 10, 1901. Admission fee. Located on University Drive at US 69S.

Texas Energy Museum

This definitive oil industry museum features 19th century discoveries and includes temporary exhibits on energy science and the environment, Exhibits and talking robots trace the effects of Spindletop and how it began the modern petroleum industry. Open Tues-Sat. 9AM-5PM Sun. 1-5PM. Admission Fee. Located at 600 Main Street.

Tyrrell Historical Library

This landmark 1903 Romanesque-Gothic former Baptist church houses thousands of books on Texas history, genealogical research resources and art collections. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open Tues. 8:30AM-8PM, Wed. -Sat 8:30AM-5PM. Located at 695 Pearl Street.

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When visiting Beaumont nearby attractions include Orange, Nederland, Port Arthur.

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