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Celebration set for 112th Spindletop anniversary

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will mark the 112th anniversary of Spindletop on Saturday, Jan.12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with family activities, special guest speakers, refreshments and a full re-enactment of the historic Lucas Gusher, sponsored by Avon Products, Inc.

“There is so much to celebrate when it comes to the history, significance and legacy of Spindletop,” said museum director Mark Osborne. “This year, we have put together a program with something for just about everyone.”

The museum will open at 10 a.m. and kick-off the celebration with a re-enactment of the historic Lucas Gusher at 10:30 a.m., sponsored by Avon Products, Inc. Families can participate in several activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including mapping out their own boomtown, building an oil derrick, and trying their luck with a wheel of fortune.

At 11 a.m. and noon, Jo Ann Stiles, former Lamar University history professor and co-author of the book “Giant Under Hill,” will give a talk on the main figures in the Spindletop story. Stiles will be followed by Christine Moor Sanders, author of “Spindletop: The Untold Story,” at 1 p.m., who will speak on the origins of the Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing, the first oil company to attempt drilling at Spindletop. Additionally, in the museum’s dry goods store, visitors can learn about the history of and opportunities with Avon Products, Inc., which was founded in 1886 and has provided women the opportunity to create and manage their own business.

Other highlights of the celebration include blacksmith demonstrations, printing demonstrations in the new T.A. Lamb & Son Printers exhibit, and refreshments in the Log Cabin Saloon.

This year’s Spindletop Anniversary Celebration is free and open to the public. Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown is located on U.S. 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