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Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., Beaumont, TX 77705
+1 409-880-1750
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Interesting Local History

Beaumont is the sire of the first big oil boom and this living museum recreates what the boom town... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joseph B
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
via mobile
Wonderful visit!

Very interesting museum set up like a little town. take you time and soak up the history. I learned... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
blondie16
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New Bedford,MA
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Museum exhibiting life in Spindletop during the first oil boom.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“the oil boom” (13 reviews)
“boom town” (5 reviews)
“barber shop” (6 reviews)
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5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., Beaumont, TX 77705
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beaumont is the sire of the first big oil boom and this living museum recreates what the boom town was like in the early 1900s. The visit starts with video on the history of the spindletop gusher that provided a good historical overview. There are...More

Thank Joseph B
Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your positive review. Help us to know what was lacking to get a 5. Thank you for visiting.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting museum set up like a little town. take you time and soak up the history. I learned a lot from the displays and intro video. Well worth the stop.

Thank blondie16
Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review and encouraging others to stop.

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

And a real gusher she was too! Drilled in 1900 this amazing oil discovery soon surpassed the rest of the worlds production in total! But within 10y it was gone! And therin lies the boom/bust story of resource depletion.

Thank Kevin P
Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your positive review and thank you for visiting. We would love to find out how to get a 5 from you!

Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

If you love history, particularly Texas history, you'll really enjoy this. This is listed as a museum, but it's so much more. This is a faithful reproduction of buildings and businesses operating in Gladys City and Beaumont around 1900. The artifacts and furnishings are very...More

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Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you for your great review. I was happy to have met you when you came.

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Traveled with a group of 20 to the museum. There was a brief introductory video which was quite informative. We then proceed to the guided tour by the director of the museum who explained each building and its contents and importance in the town during...More

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Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

We enjoyed having your group here. You made my job not work but fun. Thank you for coming here.

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Historical 1900's town pays tribute to the Spindletop gusher oil well -- largest gusher in the world at that time. The well started Texas on the trail to becoming oil country. The population of Beaumont went from 10,000 to 50,000 practically overnight. This is a...More

Thank Michael H
Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you for your positive review. We are happy you enjoyed your visit and let others know about it.

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Beaumont is where Oil became an industry in 1901. This is very well set up with many areas set up in lifelike scale to show how life was back at that time. Check your calendar before you go because periodically they set off the gusher...More

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Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you for your excellent review. We have an active event and gusher schedule. Thank you for telling people about it.

Reviewed 30 July 2017

If you love history, you'll enjoy this site. There are individual office buildings that speak to the various types of businesses associated with the oil boom era. Each building has relics related to the specific kind of business represented; general store, dentist office, vintage cars...More

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Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2017

Thank you for your great review. We are glad you enjoyed Gladys City.

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The history here is great. It really shows you a lot of the inner workings of how Spindletop came to be. Very informative.

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Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for your positive review. We are glad you were able to come and learn about Spindletop.

Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This museum is very informative about the Port Arthur/Beaumont area. It explains the oil rush in great detail but also keeps it interesting. The old town is so neat and transforms the whole experience into something unique. Even better, you can get through the whole...More

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Troy G, Director at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2017

Thank you for your great review. Our goal is to transport our visitors to another time period and give them a unique experience. Thank you for enjoying Gladys City.

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Adults are 5. Seniors are 3. Children 6-12 are 2. Under free
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Response from David S | Reviewed this property |
If you read and learn the history, plan on 2 to 3 hours. The buildings out on the grounds are not heated so dress warmly.
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