Beaumont is a city in Jefferson County, Texas, about 100 miles from Houston, Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 113,866.
Oil was discovered at Spindletop near this city on January 10, 1901. Spindletop became the first major oil field.
Beaumont is the county seat of Jefferson County and is in Southeast Texas.
The Southeast Texas Regional Airport in Nederland, Texas, serves Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. Lamar University is based in Beaumont. The city's newspaper is The Beaumont Enterprise.
Gulf States Utilities had its headquarters in Beaumont until its absorption by Entergy Corporation in 1993. GSU's Edison Plaza headquarters is still the tallest building in Beaumont (as of 2004).
Since 1907, Beaumont has been home of the South Texas State Fair. In 2004, the venue for the Fair changed to Ford Park, a new, larger facility on the west end of Beaumont.
Web Sites and Links
Beaumont Botanical GardensHome of the Bert and Jack Binks Horticultural Center and the Warren Loose Conservatory. Features theme gardens with camellias, roses, bromeliads, and native plants. Includes a list of garden clubs, virtual tour, history, and a calendar of events.
Beaumont Chamber of CommerceIncludes area information and membership directory.
Beaumont Convention and Visitor's BureauArea information, accommodations, attractions, and meeting schedules.
Beaumont Yellow PagesDirectory of local businesses, attractions, and services. Includes contact information, maps, and local weather.
Handbook of Texas Online: Beaumont, TXCommunity history and information.
Magnolia Garden ClubPresents its flower show, photography and plant care tips, and calendar.
Motorama SpeedwayA 1/4 mile, high banked, gumbo, oval. Events include Limited Modifieds, UMP Modifieds, Late Models, Pure Stocks, Streets, Bombers and Sprints.