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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Beaumont, Texas

Clickable Map of Jefferson County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jefferson County, TX (119) Chambers County, TX (32) Hardin County, TX (10) Liberty County, TX (57) Orange County, TX (67) Cameron Parish, LA (2)  JeffersonCounty(119) Jefferson County (119)  ChambersCounty(32) Chambers County (32)  HardinCounty(10) Hardin County (10)  LibertyCounty(57) Liberty County (57)  OrangeCounty(67) Orange County (67)  CameronParishLouisiana(2) Cameron Parish (2)
Beaumont is the county seat for Jefferson County
Beaumont is in Jefferson County
      Jefferson County (119)  
      Chambers County (32)  
      Hardin County (10)  
      Liberty County (57)  
      Orange County (67)  
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1Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10564 — Andrew F. Smyth
Officer in the Jasper Volunteers during the Texas War for Independence Map (db m191185) HM
2Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 17146 — Aubrey Wilson "Moon" Mullican
Born in the small town of Corrigan in 1909, Aubry Wilson Mullican became famous as a country and western singer and songwriter. His father was a farmer and the African-American farm workers and sharecroppers influenced his music greatly. Mullican . . . Map (db m190782) HM
3Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10493 — Beaumont
County seat of Jefferson County. Settled in 1825 as Tevis Bluff; incorporated as Beaumont Dec. 16, 1838. Early trading post, riverboat port, lumber, rice and ranching center. Near site of Spindletop gusher, where oil became an industry, ushering . . . Map (db m118626) HM
4Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10494 — Beaumont
County seat of Jefferson County. Settled in 1825 as Tevis Bluff; incorporated as Beaumont Dec. 16, 1838. Early trading post, riverboat port, lumber, rice and ranching center. Near site of spindletop gusher, where oil became an industry, ushering in . . . Map (db m190794) HM
5Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 16386 — Blind Willie Johnson
Willie Johnson was born near Independence, Texas, in 1897 to Willie and Mary (Fields) Johnson. His family moved to Marlin when Johnson was a young boy, and it was there that he first learned gospel songs at church; his first guitar was said to be . . . Map (db m190798) HM
6Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10498 — Central Fire Station
This structure was built in 1927 to house the Beaumont fire Department. Organized in 1881. Designed by the architectural firm of Livesay and Wiedemann, the building was constructed on the site of two earlier fire stations. Influences of the Spanish . . . Map (db m173329) HM
7Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10495 — City of Beaumont
Named in honor of Mary Dewleigh Borlace Warren Beaumont by her husband Henry Millard who laid out the town in 1835 on a site known as Tevis's Bluff Incorporated in 1838Map (db m129555) HM
8Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10503 — Congregation Temple Emanuel
The first recorded Jewish worship services in Beaumont were held on Yom Kippur in September 1887. The congregation's first synagogue was built at the corner of Broadway and Willow streets in 1901. In 1923, under the leadership of Rabbi Samuel . . . Map (db m172378) HM
9Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10531 — Dr. Charles F. L. N. Graham(1889-1943)
Born in British Guiana (Guyana), Charles Frank Luckett Nordman Graham attended college in Alabama, Ohio, and Iowa. He came to Beaumont in 1918 on behalf of the American Missionary Association and founded Graham Congregational Church and the Barnwell . . . Map (db m190797) HM
10Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10513 — Enterprise-Journal
Near this spot on Nov. 6, 1880, the first Beaumont Enterprise came off the press. This newspaper, founded by John W. Leonard, is southeast Texas' oldest business institution. The Beaumont Journal, founded in August 1889, by Robert Emmett . . . Map (db m174133) HM
11Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — F/RF-101 Voodoo
USAF Century Series Aircraft Flown by Strategic, Tactical and Air Defense Units 1954-1974 Well Known for Nuclear Deterrent Role in NATO Famous for the Reconnaissance Mission in Southeast Asia In Memory of Walter Mayer, Jr. A . . . Map (db m191191) HM WM
12Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10521 — First National Bank Building
Founded on April 9, 1889, the First National Bank of Beaumont enjoyed an economic revitalization in the 1930s after the area's second major oil boom. A special meeting of the bank's board of directors was held on January 16, 1935, to discuss plans . . . Map (db m172313) HM
13Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10523 — First United Methodist Church Of Beaumont
In 1839, Methodist Missionary Samuel A. Williams (1810-66) conducted first religious service in Beaumont, followed in 1840 by another Methodist minister, Henry Stephenson (1772-1841), organizer of first Protestant . . . Map (db m173651) HM
14Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10527 — French Trading Post
Built 1845 by John J. French (1799-1889), merchant and tanner who came from Connecticut and New York to Texas in 1830s. Served as home and store, with tannery nearby. Early settlers came to “French Town” to trade tallow, hides, corn, and beef for . . . Map (db m60304) HM
15Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 17185 — Harry James' Childhood Homesite
Henry Haag "Harry" James was an American musician who became famous as one of the most popular bandleaders during the "Big Band" or "Swing Band" era of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born in 1916 in Albany, Georgia. When Harry was eight his parents . . . Map (db m172322) HM
16Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10544 — Henry Millard
A native of Saratoga County, New York, Henry Millard moved to Missouri with his family while still a child. As a young man he moved to Natchez, Mississippi, where in 1826 he married Mary Warren Beaumont. While living in Natchez they became the . . . Map (db m190760) HM
17Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10511 — Holmes Duke House
A native of Carthage, Texas, Holmes Duke came to Beaumont in the late 19th century and purchased property at this site in 1898. Construction on his home began shortly thereafter. Completed in 1899, the Holmes Duke house features influences of the . . . Map (db m172749) HM
18Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 13668 — J.P. Richardson, Jr: The Big Bopper
Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson, Jr. was born on October 24, 1930 to Jiles and Elsie Bernice (Stalsby) Richardson in Sabine Pass (26 mi. SE); the family moved to Beaumont when he was six. As a teenager, Richardson began writing songs with country and . . . Map (db m190786) HM
19Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10536 — Jefferson County Courthouse
The first county building constructed at this site was a jailhouse completed in 1838, two years after the organization of Jefferson County. Located on land acquired from Nancy Tevis, a pioneer settler of the area, it also housed county offices and . . . Map (db m118625) HM
20Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10537 — Jefferson Theatre
Built in 1927 by the Jefferson Amusement Company, this theatre quickly became a landmark in downtown Beaumont. Emile Weil, Inc., a New Orleans architectural firm, designed the structure. The interior is a showcase of fine materials and . . . Map (db m76253) HM
21Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10543 — Magnolia Cemetery
The Magnolia Cemetery Company was granted a charter by the State of Texas on August 3, 1887. The following month the company's five trustees purchased thirteen acres of land on which to locate the graveyard, and burials were soon taking place in the . . . Map (db m190759) HM
22Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 17280 — Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church of Beaumont
This historic congregation began in November 1890 with a group of Christians holding services in a schoolhouse. Worship extended to prayer meetings held in various homes. Eventually the congregation purchased land at the corner of Pine and Prince . . . Map (db m191184) HM
23Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10587 — Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias(June 26, 1914 - Sept. 27, 1956)
At 18, set two world records in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic games - in 80-meter hurdles and javelin throw. Excelling at all sports, became a professional athlete and won 5 major titles as a championship golfer. Was nicknamed after famous . . . Map (db m190785) HM
24Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10574 — Noah Tevis
Site of the home of Noah Tevis who came to Texas in 1826 and built his cabin on land not granted until 1835. On a portion of this known as Tevis Bluff, the town of Beaumont was laid out before his death December 6, 1835. Erected by the State of . . . Map (db m172382) HM
25Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10575 — Police Chief Reid Tevis(April 1, 1878 - April 15, 1925)
Began lifetime career as a police officer at age 19. Was chief of detectives for Beaumont Police Department many years; chief of police, 1923 to 1925. Started police benefit fund, increased staff from 20 to 50, and reorganized department. . . . Map (db m190783) HM
26Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10554 — Port of Beaumont
The city of Beaumont, 41 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, was served from its founding in 1837 by schooners and sternwheelers navigating the Neches River. The three-foot depth of Sabine Lake between the river's mouth and the Gulf limited . . . Map (db m118629) HM
27Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 16418 — Prater Cemetery
Prater Cemetery is a small family cemetery in what was once known as the Rosedale community of north Jefferson County. Edwin Prater, founder of the cemetery, bought a half acre of land for $10 from his daughter Theodosia and her husband John Jackson . . . Map (db m190791) HM
28Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10560 — Saint Anthony's Cathedral
Traveling priests visited this area as early as the 1850s, conducting Catholic services outdoors, in homes, and later in the town Temperance Hall. The first church building was constructed in 1881 under the leadership of the Rev. V. Quinon. Located . . . Map (db m190761) HM
29Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10561 — Sanders House
Tennessee-born Robert Washington Sanders (1850-1916), a master wood carver, was drawn to Beaumont in 1878 by the newly-emerging lumber industry. He worked in several local lumber mills until 1902, when he went into business for himself as a . . . Map (db m173697) HM
30Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10502 — Site of Collier's Ferry
Main crossing on Old Jasper Road and alternate crossing on Opelousas Trail from Liberty through Beaumont to Louisiana. Used as early as 1750, route followed Indian traces and was highway for explorer-settlers, priests, soldiers, traders from . . . Map (db m190729) HM
31Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10571 — Site Of Spindle Top Hill Confederate Camp
Here from 1862 to 1864, camped Colonel A. W. Spaight's Battalion, 2nd Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army, composed of soldiers from Jefferson, Liberty, and Chambers counties. Their presence here served to prevent invasion of this part of . . . Map (db m172320) HM
32Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10570 — Spell Cemetery
The land on which this graveyard is located was designated a family cemetery in 1873 by the Marble family. The earliest known burial is that of Martha Marble (d. 1864), whose husband John S. Marble was also buried here in 1873. Their daughter and . . . Map (db m190792) HM
33Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10576 — Texas' First Rice Mill
Beaumont Rice Mill, founded 1892 by J. E. Broussard, was developed after first commercial planting of rice in Texas in 1863. Earlier crops, due to dependence on rain, were dubbed “providence rice.” Broussard, pioneer grower and irrigator, . . . Map (db m201843) HM
34Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10501 — The Clubhouse The Woman's Club of Beaumont
Early meetings of the Woman's Reading Club, now the Woman's Club of Beaumont, were conducted in area homes, churches, and public buildings until 1909, when this two-story frame clubhouse was built. Constructed during the presidencies of Mrs. John . . . Map (db m173294) HM
35Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10540 — The Lucas Gusher
Discovery well of the Spindletop Oil Field and the first important well on the Gulf Coast. It blew in on Jan. 10, 1901, flowing 100,000 barrels of oil a day from a depth of 1020 feet. The oil production which resulted made Beaumont a city and the . . . Map (db m64411) HM
36Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10581 — The Woman's Club of Beaumont
On January 18, 1895, Mrs. Hal W. Greer hosted a meeting at her home which resulted in the formation of this club. Present were Mrs. Greer's friends Mrs. E. C. Weiss, Mrs. T. A. Lamb, Miss Mary Lamb, and Miss Harriet Ferrand. Through their guidance, . . . Map (db m173296) HM
37Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10577 — Travis Street Substation
When Gulf States Utilities Company built this Travis Street substation building in 1929, a new era of progress began in Beaumont and all of southeast Texas. Additional farms, homes, and industries received access to dependable and economic . . . Map (db m174023) HM
38Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10578 — Tyrrell Public Library
Built in 1903 as the First Baptist Church, this limestone structure replaced a red brick church on the same site. Architect of the Romanesque Revival style edifice was A. N. Dawson and contractor was G. D. Patterson. In 1923, when the Baptist . . . Map (db m118628) HM
39Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — War Memorial
Dedicated to those citizens who have sacrificed and given of themselves in the battles fought from 1776 to date for the defense and strength of America Map (db m191187) WM
40Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 17835 — West Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
During the "Black Church Expansion" between 1875 and 1925, the West Beulah Baptist Church was founded in a shotgun-style house that was common in the south following the Civil War. Rev. Sidney Farrington was the first pastor, and conducted prayer . . . Map (db m190793) HM
41Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10580 — Westminster Presbyterian Church Of Beaumont
Presbyterian worship services were led in this area by traveling preachers until the Rev. S. F. Tenney and the Rev. W. C. Wallace organized the First Presbyterian Church of Beaumont on February 28, 1880. The Rev. Wallace served as supply preacher . . . Map (db m173682) HM
42Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10541 — William McFaddin(1819-1898)
Served in Texas War for Independence at first Siege of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Supply agent in Civil War. McFaddin, noted for his hospitality and generosity, founded empire in ranching that survives today.Map (db m190784) HM
43Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10584 — Young Men's Christian Association Of Beaumont
The 1901 Spindletop oil boom brought vice, corruption and inadequate housing problems to Beaumont. H. G. Behrman, a young man who was sleeping in a tent in his friend's backyard, met W. M. Lewis, state secretary of the YMCA. Through their efforts, . . . Map (db m173297) HM
44Texas (Jefferson County), Beaumont — 10585 — Young Women's Christian Association Of Beaumont
Established in 1911 with ten members, the Beaumont Young Women's Christian Association was officially chartered three years alter. Meetings were held in the town Temperance Hall until a separate building was constructed for the members at this . . . Map (db m173691) HM
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Aug. 18, 2022