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Gladys City Celebrates Second Spindletop Boom

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown, on the Lamar University campus, will celebrate Yount-Lee Day at its next Wildcatter Weekend on November 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a morning lecture by Lamar University archivist Penny Clark and an afternoon all about horses.

“This year, we decided to spotlight the lasting legacy of Spindletop during the second boom of the late 1920s,” said museum director Mark Osborne.

A photographic “walk” through some of Beaumont’s architecture of the late 1920s and early 1930s will start the day with a presentation by Lamar University archivist Penny Clark, entitled “Glory Days: Architecture of the Second Spindletop,” at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center meeting room.

From 1 to 4 p.m., families can participate in a number of activities that celebrate the Yount family’s achievement as breeders of saddlebred horses. The blacksmith’s forge will be fired up, and kids will be able to hammer out their own horseshoe nail. Special guests include the return of the popular Stewart Title horse and carriage rides, therapy horses from Stable Spirits in Rose City, and saddlebred horses from Bluebonnet Farms in Bellville. Farrier demonstrations and stick horse races will round out the afternoon.

Admission is free to the morning lecture and from 1-4 p.m. Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown is located on Hwy. 69 at University Drive in Beaumont. Plenty of free parking is available. For more information, please call (409) 880-1750 or contact the museum at