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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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"The Gusher Story"

Spent an hour and you could spend longer as the whole story is represented very well. Artifacts and buildings are well done with very descriptive and informational plaques. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
RJourn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent an hour and you could spend longer as the whole story is represented very well. Artifacts and buildings are well done with very descriptive and informational plaques. The receptionist was lively and excited about the village which added to the experience!

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

Thank you for your review. We are proud about our city which makes us lively and excited. We are happy you enjoyed your visit. More 

Weslaco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the village and learning the story behind the discovery. Each business was well displayed with good signage. The film was well done also. There was a great place to eat down the road called hamburger depot.

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

Thank you for the great review. We are happy you enjoyed the film and the village and found a place to eat. More 

Reading, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for something to do to getaway from just camping. It was a good price for seniors, $3 and didn't feel it was a waste of money at that price. Interesting to read about how the oil boom all started. By far, the printing press exhibit was the best, all other exhibits seemed a bit run down but again,... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are now actively campaigning to find funds to fix up our buildings as well as bring our exhibits up to date. More 

Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank you for your review. The print shop is a great place and is our most recent building. More 

Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 9 February 2017

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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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 25 January 2017

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 18 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 8 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 

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