Beaumont in Butler County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Beaumont Grass Landing Strip
Beaumont Historical Marker
Local lore has it that in 1948 a Wichita businessman wanted to fly into Beaumont to check on his cattle. He asked the hotel if they would block the road for his landing. Since having a plane land in Beaumont was exciting, the residents agreed. Well, the pilot told his friends and soon many other aviators were talking about the little Kansas town where you could land and taxi your plane on the main street. It quickly became a tradition with aviators and a practice for residents to check for airplanes on the streets when driving.
In 1953 the hotel owner, J.C. Squire acquired 70 acres east of the hotel and added a landing strip. Now planes could safely land and depart on Flint Hill pasture rather than one of Beaumont's streets.
Today aviators travel to Beaumont in their antique biplanes, helicopters, ultra lights, power parachutes, and even hot air balloons! On any given day, you can watch planes taxi right up to the hotel. Get your camera ready!
Erected by Beaumont Hotel.
Location. 37° 39.319′ N, 96° 31.936′ W. Marker is in Beaumont, Kansas, in Butler County. Marker is at the intersection of SE Main Street and SE 116th Terrace, on the left when traveling south on SE Main Street. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1885 Frisco Water Tower (a few steps from this marker); Beaumont Becomes a Railroad Town (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Beaumont Hotel / The Beaumont Hotel Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Livestock in the Flint Hills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Frisco Ponds (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Beaumont, Kansas, Airport (07S). (Submitted on October 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.