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Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

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Address: 5550 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., Beaumont, TX 77705
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Museum exhibiting life in Spindletop during the first oil boom.

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An interesting stop

In 1901, the biggest gusher of all times occurred at Spindletop.,just outside of Beaumont. The museum recreates one of three boomtowns which developed around the gusher. Be sure... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
jerryanddiane
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Chicago, Illinois
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reasonably well done reconstruction of Gladys City at the time of the oil boom. The buildings are filled with vintage things. However, it isn't particularly compelling. The best collection is of old printing presses and equipment. The gift shop is nice and has a good collection of relevant books.

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived around 4 pm and the lady working here did not seem happy to see us. The museum's posted hours were until 5, but she told us that the register in the gift shop closed at 4:30 and the doors to the buildings were going to be locked at 4:45. So they really close at 4:30 or 4:45, depending... More 

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

I'm sorry your visit was less than satisfactory. Our hours and when the last admission and when the gift shop closes are on our website and our door and we do tell people when they come in. We want to make sure everyone can have the best time here. However, we always lock our buildings at 5 and give everyone... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In 1901, the biggest gusher of all times occurred at Spindletop.,just outside of Beaumont. The museum recreates one of three boomtowns which developed around the gusher. Be sure to visit the actual site of the gusher about five miles from the museum.

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Thank jerryanddiane
Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We have directions to the real site at the museum for anyone interested in visiting. We are glad you were able to go to both. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum to visit if you are interested in seeing an early glimpse of what Southeast Texas was like during the oil boom of early 1900's!

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We take pride and are always working to make Gladys City as close to 1901 as possible. More 

Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This was the place Oil Started in Texas and the USA!!! Back then they didnt know how to control it as the do today, there were tens or hundreds of oil wells and the soil was black with tar and oil.

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. This is a great place to learn about oil that was found in Beaumont. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is a gem of a museum that is a bit off the beaten track, but a truly authentic preservation of a 1901 oil boom town. My Dad and I loved the ability to wander through all the old businesses and clearly see what they were like back in the day.

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for coming by. Thank you for the positive review. Many people enjoy that you can walk in the old buildings like people would back in 1901. More 

Elgin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends and family on the annual day when they celebrate the Lucas Gusher that happened on 10 January 1901. They had a temperance march to the saloon, tea in the saloon, gunfights, barbershop music and more. Five dollars for adults, two dollars for 6-18 and under five were free. In my opinion this day is the best... More 

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

We love the Anniversary event and getting people to go back in time. Thank you for coming out and enjoying yourselves despite the weather. More 

Mansfield, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a complex of reproduced buildings depicting the time of the Lucas Gusher at Spindle Top around 1900 near Beaumont. Be sure to start with the video to help understand the rest of the exhibits.

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. The video does help to understand why Spindletop was important. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A fun look at history. Not life changing but a fun diversion for a couple hours. Not the actual location of Spindletop, but reconstruction built in the mid 70's. the people were friendly and going during the week we were the only ones there.

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We try our best to treat everyone well while they are here. More 

nederland tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We took out grand kids to see the gusher before Lamar Home coming game .This is the first time we have been here ,it is really a cool place for kids and Adults to see things from our past .They have old oil field equipment ,and old printing press shops ,and a lot of other things from the early 1900... More 

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Troy G, Manager at Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum, responded to this review

We enjoy shooting out gusher for homecoming. We are glad that you came for it! More 

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