17 Facts About Beaumont Texas


In 1892, Joseph Eloi Broussard opened the first commercially successful rice mill in Beaumont Texas, stimulating development of rice farming in the area; he started an irrigation company to support rice culture.

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Beaumont Texas was a small center for cattle raisers and farmers in its early years.

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Beaumont Texas purchased and donated First Baptist Church, whose congregation had moved to a new facility, to use as the city's first public library, now known as the Tyrrell Historical Library.

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The riot in Beaumont Texas was one of several in 1943 which centered in the defense industry, including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Mobile, Alabama as well as other cities across the country.

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In 1996, the Jefferson County courts, located in Beaumont Texas, became the first court in the nation to implement electronic filing and service of court documents.

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In 2005 and 2008, Beaumont Texas and surrounding areas suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike, respectively.

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Beaumont Texas has 8 buildings over 100 feet tall, the tallest being the Edison Plaza, which is 254 feet tall.

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Beaumont Texas's Jefferson County Courthouse is one of the tallest county courthouses in the state and is an excellent example of Art Deco architecture.

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Regardless, according to an article published in 2007 focusing on Port Arthur, a neighboring city to the southeast of Beaumont Texas, pollution was believed to have caused some area residents to become sick.

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The area around Beaumont Texas receives the most rainfall in the state: more than 48 inches annually.

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In unofficial records, Beaumont Texas received as much as 30 inches of snow during the blizzard of February 1895 that impacted the Gulf Coast.

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Roman Catholicism remained the largest single denomination in the city as a result of Spanish colonialism and missionary work, and its increasing Hispanic or Latino population ; Roman Catholics have been primarily served by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont Texas which is a jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Galveston–Houston.

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Beaumont Texas has had a number of professional and amateur sports teams throughout the city's history.

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The American Basketball Association's Southeast Beaumont Texas Mavericks were once headquartered in the city until moving to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2013.

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The Beaumont Texas Bullfrogs were a minor league baseball team that played in Beaumont Texas.

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Beaumont Texas is served by the Beaumont Texas Independent School District, though there are several private schools in the city and metropolitan area.

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Residents who live in unincorporated Jefferson County, but have a Beaumont Texas address, are zoned either to Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District or Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District .

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