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Guide to Beaumont
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The bayou and barbecue come together to create Beaumont. On the eastern border of the great state of Texas, just a few miles from the Louisiana border, this city is a bit bizarre, but in a very good way. With nearly 120,000 people, Beaumont is the 24th most populous city in Texas, and the largest city east of Houston. Covering just over 85 square miles, this spunky city is the home or birthplace of more than 100 notable people, and way more animals.
The land of two communities, Neches River Settlement and Santa Anna, was bought by Henry Millard, Joseph Pulsifer, and Thomas B. Hulling in the hopes of developing a town. The town of Beaumont was incorporated in December 1838. The early economy of Beaumont was centered around lumber, farming, rice mills, and port industries.
On January 10, 1901, oil was discovered at Spindletop, which was the first major oil field and one of the largest in American history. Spindletop gushed oil for longer than a week, producing about 100,000 barrels of oil a day. This discovery caused Beaumont’s population to grow even more. Beaumont was a major center for shipbuilding in WW II.
Things to Do in Beaumont:
When you’re in a city like this, there is never a dull day. There are so many things to do in Beaumont and you’ll love every one of them. With the dense pine forests and the Pine Island Bayou to the north, the Neches River to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico just 30 miles to the south, Beaumont offers all types of recreation, cuisine, attractions, and arts.
The food in Beaumont will have you questioning where you are, as you enjoy delicious barbecue and authentic Cajun cuisine on the same corner from some of the local favorites like Boomtown BBQ and the Zydeco Louisiana Diner. The seafood at places like Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Steak House is so freshly plucked from the Gulf that you’ll think you lived under the sea. While all these flavors are fairly local, the restaurants in Beaumont feature a variety of international cuisine as well with eateries that specialize in Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, and Middle Eastern. Don’t miss out in the tasty items that can be found at the many bakeries, coffee shops, cafes, and wineries either.
Recreation in Beaumont is just as diverse as the food. The forests, beaches, and wetlands make for some fun-filled days outdoors. Enjoy birding like never before as you watch the 240 species that are native to Beaumont and the other 30 that fly in on either of the two flyways in the area. Enjoy the animals that live a little lower as you hunt at the Big Thicket National Preserve, and fish in the freshwater and saltwater bodies around the city. See the gators on the Cattail Marsh, or get slightly more personal with these scaly creatures at the Gator County Adventure Park. Other activities to partake in include hiking, biking, paddling, boating, camping, horseback riding, golfing, and visiting the various water parks and city parks that are in Beaumont.
You’ll never see anything quite like the attractions in Beaumont. There are four roadside attractions that you can’t go without seeing; Big Beau, Dalmatian Hydrant, Happy Half Wit, and Lucas Gusher. Big Beau is a 135-foot alligator, standing 30 feet tall and is located on the grounds of Gator Country Adventure Park – home to the largest alligator in captivity and other reptiles. The Dalmatian Hydrant has been the spot for many photos as this 24-foot, spotted fire hydrant sits at the Fire Museum of Texas in downtown. Meet Happy Half Wit at Ken’s Mufflers. Inspired by Alfred Neuman on MAD, this 25-foot statue is one of four like this owned by Ken Johnson in Texas. Located on Highway 69, the Lucas Gusher, shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, is a working replica of the famous oil spew that struck in January 1901.
Arts & entertainment in Beaumont includes galleries, museums, performing arts, nightlife, and wineries. Gaze in astonishment at the beautiful works of art that you’ll find in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas or the Stark Museum of Art. Learn about the history of Beaumont through museums and historic places like the Texas Energy Museum, the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, or the McFaddin-Ward House. For bigger than life performing arts enjoy a play one by the Beaumont Community Players, a mesmerizing production by the Beaumont Civic Ballet, or marvel at the classical sounds of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Nightlife takes off with music at The Logon Café, and dancing at Club Heat and the Dixie Dance Hall. Sip on a glass of wine with bold, unique flavors at D’Vine Wine Winery, Wine Styles, or Piney Woods County Wines.
What to Consider When Moving to Beaumont:
Beaumont is a great city, but just like with any other place, there are some things you need to look at and into before moving. When moving to Beaumont, you have to consider the area, the economy, the cost of living, the climate, and everything in between. If you have children, you must definitely consider the schools as well.
Beaumont is located in the humid subtropical region and is bordered by forests and bodies of water. With the warm gulf waters carrying humid air into the region, Beaumont gets the most rainfall of the entire state of Texas – more than four feet annually. This warmth also keeps the winters moderate.
The economy in Beaumont is based around the Port of Beaumont and large industrial facilities. Chemical plants and refineries such as ExxonMobil Beaumont, Goodyear Beaumont, and DuPont are located in the area. Other major businesses headquartered in the city are Texaco, Texas Coffee Company, Chevron, and Jason’s Deli.
When it comes to the education in Beaumont, the city’s primary and secondary schools are in the Beaumont Independent School District. There are 17 elementary schools, six middle schools, and three high schools in the public school system. There are also several alterative instruction, religious, and charter schools in the city. For those that have graduated high school, Beaumont is home to the Lamar Institute of Technology and Lamar University.
Why Beaumont Apartments Are Hot:
Beaumont apartments are in a fabulous location which gives its inhabitants a cultural experience that’ll be hard to find anywhere else. With the history of Beaumont being well maintained by Beaumont Main Street and the city, you’ll be able to walk through and view pieces of U.S. history that few know about. With the modern flair that the location provides to this down-home city, Beaumont is flowing with excitement.
Enjoy living in your Beaumont apartment as you experience “Texas with a little something extra.” Don’t be surprised when you find some Cajun in your steakhouse; that’s just the taste of Beaumont.
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- Museums in Beaumont include the Edison Museum and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.
- Riverfront Park is located along the Neches River and features boat docks and an amphitheatre.
- The South Texas State Fair features a carnival midway, concessions, a livestock show, and more.
- LU’s Lamar Cardinals football team plays at Provost Umphrey Stadium and is an NCAA Division I team.
- Beautiful downtown Beaumont is home to several historic buildings converted to lofts and apartments.
- Big Thicket Nature Preserve is a beautiful location for boating, camping, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.