TPW Magazine: Exploring Beaumont, Texas


Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Photo by Richard Nowitz.

This is Passport to Texas

Beaumont never seemed like a destination to me. Yet, after reading Sheryl Smith-Rodgers’ article about it in the December issue of TPW Magazine, I’ve reconsidered.

05— I guess I was surprised that there are many museums there.

There’s the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, the Energy Museum, the Fire Museum, the Art Museum of SE Texas, the McFaddin-WardHouse Historic Museum and many others. Plus, there’s good grub.

10 – They have Cajun there since they’re so close to the Louisiana border; Cajun food’s real big there. Seafood – being so close to the Gulf – they have really great seafood.

They have nature, too, and a lot of it, including the Cattail Marsh, a 600-acre manmade wetlands.

30 – It was constructed to treat the effluent from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. But it’s also become a hotspot for birders. They’ve got more than 240 listed bird species there. And, when I was there visiting, just during the course of maybe an hour, it was amazing how many birds that we saw. There’s alligators that have migrated over from the bayou into these wetlands. It’s just a really cool place.

Beaumont. Who knew? Learn more about this town with a little something extra when you read Sheryl Smith-Rodgers Three Days in the Field article called Mixing Oil and Water, in the December issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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