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“Fun for the day”

Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum
Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Beaumont
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Museum exhibiting life in Spindletop during the first oil boom.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

So you're not all that busy and in need of something to do. Why not walk through a little wild west looking town? There's plenty of old stuff to see and learn about. The history of the big oil boom here is brought to life through film, antiques, photographs, and reconstructed buildings of the time period. There's plenty of photo taking opportunities, such as in the saloon, blacksmith shop, and barber shop.

I am not certain if the woman in the gift shop is a docent, but she was very pleasant and helpful.

Sometimes there are old west style events held on the grounds with reinactments. Most days, however, it is simply a self-guided tour. We paid $5.00/adult for tickets.

There are a few picnic tables outside of the museum in case you happen to bring a lunch.

It is directly off the highway and located across from the Lamar University.

1  Thank autumnw669
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a great place to start your tour of Beaumont by seeing where "it all began" for the city and Southeast Texas. Gladys City also frequently offers family-friendly events, so check their website for the latest happenings. This is a must-see, especially for all the history lovers out there!

Thank Carol C
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

When visiting Beaumont check that the attractions are open. We found that a lot of attractions are shut on weekends. This was open but very small and disappointing. Basically a film show and a few buildings and that is it.

2  Thank MeggQ45
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Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

My first impression was "WOW!!!" The elderly lady working there was very knowledgable. She seemed very excited that I stopped by. She took time to show me around and I wasn't her only guest. I thought the displays excellent. I will go back anytime I'm in the area.

Thank Adv5110
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Lot of very nice displays showing early oil history in SE Texas and life there during that time period.

1  Thank GLTMarionIN
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