Lamar University Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum

What is Spindletop?

Bootmtown Gusher

If one had asked a Beaumont on January 1, 1901, what big news of recent months had most interested him, he would have said the great Galveston hurricane of September 8, or the dawning of a new century. If one had asked him on January 10, he would have said the great gusher at Spindletop - a salt dome about three miles south of Beaumont. Dubbed "The Lucas Gusher," the oil discovery on Spindletop Hill changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the petroleum age.


Lucas Gusher Re-enactment Schedule

The Lucas Gusher gave up its riches for nine days before Anthony Lucas and the Hamill brothers could get the well under control. We re-create the gusher using water and only run it for about 2 minutes. But it is always fun to watch how high the water will blow and what direction the spray will take. It is always free to enjoy the gusher re-enactment. Regular admission fees apply to museum entrance.



Tuesday, February 1 2:00 PM

Wednesday, February 9 12:00 PM

Saturday, February 19 3:30 PM (Between 3:30-4:00 pm) 

Friday, February 25 12:00 PM



Lucas Gusher Re-Enactment
  • November 6 - Girl Scout Day
    10 AM
    Girl Scouts should contact their leader
  • November 13 - Big Red's Ride: Classic and Antique Car Show
    10 AM - 3 PM
  • December 1-January 2 - Christmas in Boomtown: City in Lights 
    6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Regular admission or 5 nonperishable food items