Located just a few miles from the Gulf Coast, Beaumont, Texas is a hidden treasure that many overlook. While not as large as the bustling metropolis of Houston located 90 miles away, Beaumont has its own character and spirit that help it stand out in true Texas fashion.
Resting peacefully on the banks of the Neches River, the city of Beaumont carries an unexpected and vast history for those who go looking for it. The first settlers in the area were Noah and Nancy Travis, who settled a farm there in 1824. It would be another 14 years before Beaumont would be incorporated as a city.
From its earliest days, Beaumont had a surprisingly strong economy. The town's industry received a boost when a rice mill, the first of its kind in the state of Texas, was placed in Beaumont. Whatever success the rice mill brought fourth was totally eclipsed by the success the discovery of oil brought to Beaumont.
A huge deposit of oil was found in the area in 1901. Within two months, the population of Beaumont tripled, bringing in new citizens who were hoping to cash in on the oil boom. To this day, the oil industry is still an important part of Beaumont’s economy.
However, today there is more to Beaumont than just oil. The city has a number of rich centers of culture. Beaumont is home to the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, as well as the Edison Museum, dedicated to the famous inventor Thomas Edison. A trip to beautiful Beaumont, Texas will be an experience you won’t soon forget.