The next morning, after meeting Rhonda, I got up and thought I would go to downtown Beaumont and get some coffee and take a better look around. Unfortunately, when I got down there, coffee was not to be had. I did though get to see a lot of great historical buildings and see what Beaumont was built on.
The main highlight of Beaumont was from an oil find on Spindletop, January 10th, 1901. The population grew from 10,000 to 30,000 by the end of that March making Beaumont one of the first and largest oil spots in the country. Soon after that, the local rice industry was developed along with the commercial port and the suburban development by the philanthropist Captain William Casper Tyrell.
As I walked around downtown, I could see the greatness from the last century. Beaumont had really established itself then as a leader in America but now, with all the change in technology and demands, has dwindled down to just a small city of basic commerce and need. How does a city with so much history re-develop into a city of the present? History isn’t necessarily the base for growth.
I opened up the newspaper though and was able to see some great articles on local programs benefiting the community. One of them was what the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is doing to promote the development of women in this predominately male work field.
There was also a rather new Marathon/5k that was talked about in the paper called the Gusher Marathon. This just shows that people are still kicking around ideas trying to make a difference in their city.
This morning though, I just got up to take a few pictures and be nosy. Unfortunately my batteries died and I only had new ones with my luggage. This is what we get of downtown Beaumont. For more check out this website.