Beaumont in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texas’ First Rice Mill
Broussard, pioneer grower and irrigator, was also co-founder of Rice Millers' Association. His efforts caused factories to spring up in nearby counties.
Firm is still operated by his descendants. Present building was erected in 1907.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Comittee. (Marker Number 10576.)
Location. 30° 4.858′ N, 94° 6.809′ W. Marker is in Beaumont, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Pacos Street 0.1 miles east of 3rd Street. Click for map. The marker is on a wall of the original mill inside the fenced mill grounds. I'm not sure if permission is required to visit the marker but the gates are locked and you can't get access on weekends. Because I wanted to increase confidence I would get access I called ahead. A pleasant, friendly gentleman named Lewis came to the gate to greet us and showed us to the marker. I have since learned that Lewis is Lewis Broussard who, I believe, is a descendent of J. E. Broussard the founder of the Mill.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Theatre (approx. 0.9 miles away); Port of Beaumont (approx. 1.3 miles away); French Trading Post (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Lucas Gusher (approx. 4 miles away).
Regarding Texas' First Rice Mill. The mill has grown over the years but I think this is the original building, though showing its age, is still in use.
Also see . . .
1. A Biography of Mill Founder J. E. Broussard from the Handbook of Texas. The story of rice grower and founder of the Beaumont Rice Mill (Submitted on August 13, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Beaumont Rice Mills, Inc. (Submitted on August 14, 2014.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.