Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
To get a true sense of the craziness that befell Beaumont upon the discovery of the Spindletop oilfield, visit the intriguing Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum (5550 University Dr., 409/835-0823, www.spindletop.org, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun., $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children). Located near the site of the famous Lucas gusher, the museum contains 15 clapboard building replicas from the oil-boom era, including a general store, saloon, post office, stable, and blacksmith shop. The buildings and associated photos and interpretative panels tell the story of the massive and unprecedented boomtown saga, where Beaumont transformed from a village of several hundred to a city of nearly 30,000 in a matter of weeks. The museum also features wooden oil derricks of the era, including a life-sized water-spewing gusher that keeps families entertained and refreshed during the hot summer months.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition