Beaumont

Your Guide to Maximizing Texas Wildflower Season

February 27, 2024 | By Dina Gachman

Roadside Oddity: Beaumont’s 1901 Lucas Gusher Launched Texas’ Oil Industry

January 7, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

Imagine driving down State Highway 69 through south Beaumont and seeing a vintage oil derrick. Suddenly, a geyser of water spews from the top, shooting a full 100 feet in the air.

Traces of Texas’ Throwback Thursday: Women Do the Heavy Lifting in Beaumont, 1943

July 8, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

A woman moves a pole at the International Creosoting Company in Beaumont, 1943. This job had traditionally been done by men, but the absence of the male workforce due to World War II paved the way for women to assume many such jobs.

Cajun Culture Flourishes in Texas’ Golden Triangle

December 24, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Global Meets Local at Chef Monica Cobb’s Beaumont Restaurant

January 30, 2020 | By MM Pack

How Beaumont Photographer Keith Carter Redefined the Artform

December 21, 2018 | By Wes Ferguson

He’s one of the world’s great photographers, with a legendary sense for the mystery in the mundane. But right now he’s at home in Beaumont, and his longtime assistant, Cathy Spence, is calling for help from a side door.

Beaumont R&B Legend Barbara Lynn Named a National Heritage Fellow

October 16, 2018 | By

The National Heritage Fellowships are the United States’ highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Lynn earned the recognition for her pioneering rhythm and blues career, which has garnered acclaim with her distinctive guitar play, soulful singing, and songwriting. From nightclubs in her native Beaumont—where her mother chaperoned her gigs when she was a teenager—Lynn’s career has taken her to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, American Bandstand, and other venues around the world.

3 Places to Eat Barbecued Crab in Texas This Summer

May 23, 2018 | By June Naylor

Barbecued crab, a coastal delicacy born in a tiny corner of Southeast Texas, is tender, juicy, and laced with spice. This misnamed meal isn’t barbecue, though, which I realized some years ago when my friend Carolyn invited me home from college to visit her family in Beaumont, promising we’d eat something not found anywhere else.

Boomtown by Beaumont

January 3, 2017 | By

When the Lucas Gusher sprang forth oil at Spindletop on Jan. 10, 1901, the area exploded with opportunities.

With a Butter Knife and a Ball-Peen Hammer

July 18, 2016 | By Michael Corcoran

The neighborhood kids called Felix Harris “the Voodoo Man” because his front yard was full of eerie poles he brought to life using broken and discarded objects.

Sweet at Suga’s

October 13, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

Some might call Suga’s Deep South Cuisine and Jazz Bar in Beaumont an accidental restaurant.

Urban Scapes

August 14, 2015 | By Melissa Gaskill

Get out of the office. Flee that marathon meeting. Park your car. Exit the laundry room.

Giddyup Zydeco

May 13, 2015 | By Matt Joyce

Most people in the African-American rodeo scene are familiar with Pickett’s legacy in the sport, says Brian White, a bullfighter/rodeo clown from Midwest City, Oklahoma, who’s participating in the Cheek rodeo for the second time this summer. One of only a handful of African-American bullfighters in the country, White has worked for 20 years protecting bull riders after they get thrown.

Southeastern Spice

May 21, 2014 | By Helen Anders

Watching an alligator glide through a murky bog, I’d have sworn I was in Louisiana. But no, this gator—one of a dozen I spotted during an hour’s tour—patrols the waters of Cattail Marsh in Beaumont.

Crockett Street Revival

July 21, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

When oil was dis-covered on the outskirts of Beaumont in 1901, fortune-seekers of all stripes flocked to town to do business with the exploding population.

I ‘Heart’ Beaumont

July 21, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt


When I read that a 252-acre botanical garden in Orange, Texas—Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center—had recently been honored for its environmentally sound design, I started to plan a trip to southeast Texas to see it myself.

Wonder Girl

November 22, 0209 | By Heather Brand Schatz

“The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second’?” quipped Babe Didrikson (1911-1956) as she confronted her track-and-field competitors at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

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