What is Spindletop?
If one had asked a Beaumonter on January 1, 1901, what big news of recent months had most interested him, he would have said the great Galveston hurricane of September 8, or the dawning of a new century. If one had asked him on January 10, he would have said the great gusher at Spindletop - a salt dome about three miles south of Beaumont. Dubbed "The Lucas Gusher," the oil discovery on Spindletop Hill changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the petroleum age. Read more.
About Gladys City
Originally envisioned by Patillo Higgins, treasurer and general manager of the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company, which was founded in 1892, the town of Gladys City was to be a perfect industrial city, featuring factories, schools, churches, homes, parks and businesses. When the Lucas Gusher blew in on January 10, 1901, there was no more time to be perfect. Quickly, the Gladys City Company began leasing land to businessmen (and some women) who built quick, clapboard buildings to sell goods and services to oilfield workers and their families.
By the early 1970s, nothing much remained of the original Gladys City. In 1975, the re-created Gladys City Boomtown was built on lands once owned by the Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company as a Bicentennial project and in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Lucas Gusher. Once completed, the new Gladys City was given to the State of Texas and is governed by Lamar University. Through a self-guided tour, visitors to Gladys City experience 15 replica buildings filled with objects from the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries that depict life during the first Spindletop oil boom. From a saloon and post office to a general store and livery stable, visitors get a glimpse of what it might have been like to work and live in the historic Spindletop oilfield.
Gladys City complements and enhances the educational, social and cultural missions of Lamar University through stewardship of the Spindletop story, and the acquisition, conservation, interpretation and use of artifacts, representative structures, and other items of social and cultural significance to Spindletop, 1892-1951.
We aspire to be the educational and cultural leader in the preservation of Spindletop history.
Gladys City kindles the wildcatter spirit in everyone through rich, shared experiences inspired by the history, significance and legacy of Spindletop.
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.
(formerly University Drive)
Beaumont, TX 77705
Click here for directions.
P.O. Box 10070
Beaumont, TX 77710
March 11-14, 2014
GLADYS CITY HERITAGE DAYS
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily
Join us during Spring Break for a special passport tour of some of the industries, in addition to oil, that have helped Southeast Texas prosper in the past and the present, and their connections to Spindletop, including timber, ranching, rice farming, railroads and shipping. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regrettably have had to cancel the Lucas Gusher Re-enactment for March 11, 12 & 13. Regular admission applies, no advance reservations or registration required.
April 5, 2014
1860s VINTAGE BASE BALL GAME
with the BEAUMONT LUMBERMEN
Vintage base ball is played using rules and customs from the 19th century. It is a competitive game where players dress in uniforms appropriate to the time period and reenact the styles and speech of the 19th century. For more information about becoming a player on the Beaumont Lumbermen team, please contact Don Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both men and women are encouraged to participate.
Free admission to watch or participate in the game. Regular admission applies to tour the museum.
June 21, 2014
GREAT OUTDOORS DAY
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Come participate in a day dedicated to getting outside, rain or shine, and enjoying some good old-fashioned play. Check back often for details.
Free admission to the event and museum. Additional fees and advance registration may be required. Details will be posted soon.