Gladys City Live

Gladys City Live gives visitors the chance to experience Spindletop Gladys City Boom Town like it ways in its glory days.  April 10 bring your family and have fun like it’s 1901, interacting with characters, shoppingGladys City Live 2 and reveling in a time of extreme economic growth and development.

“This is one of the museum staff’s favorite events,” said Director Troy Gray. “It is one of the few times that visitors can see people dressed up and use each building as it was used in 1901.”

For a donation, visitors will receive 1901 money to spend throughout the city to purchase bandanas in the dry goods store, coffee samples from TexJoy and candy in the general store, ice cream from HEB in the drug store and more. (Museum members will receive 1901 money without a required donation.) As they stroll the wooden walkways and peruse the museum shops, they’ll witness scenes indicative of Gladys City in the middle of the boomtown era.
“Visitors will be able to take away a sense of what life was like after oil was struck at Spindletop so it’s not only a fun day but also a great history lesson,” said Gray.

Gladys City Live is scheduled for April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gusher will go off at 12 p.m. and at 2 p.m. The event is free (besides the donation given for 1901 money).  

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown is a replica of the boomtown that grew up around the Spindletop oil fields in the early 1900s. Located on US 69 at Jimmy Simmons Blvd on the Lamar University campus in Beaumont, the museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.  

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