October 31, 2010

Beaumont, Texas Part 1

We next spent two nights at Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont, Texas. This rv site was probably the most spacious of our trip, as well as having the most conveniently-located hook-ups for electricity, water and sewer.

The park came complete with its own greeter kitty workamper.

Each morning the park invites all its guests to a free continental breakfast featuring Texas-shaped waffles hot off the grill.

This War Memorial, dedicated to all Beaumont citizens who have defended the country from 1776 through today, can be found at the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Park.
The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum provides vast information about the woman considered to be one of the greatest female athletes of all time.
Babe achieved outstanding success in golf and basketball, as well as track and field. She also made many of her golfing outfits, as she was also an excellent seamstress.
She was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 42 and succumbed to the disease three years later. Her gravestone bears a well-known inspirational cliche.

Her story was told in the 1975 movie, Babe, starring Susan Clark and Alex Karras, also known for their starring roles in the 1980's sitcom Webster.

This large propeller can be found at the entrance to the Port of Beaumont, the busiest military port in the United States.

The Exxon Mobil plant near downtown Beaumont belches out some smoke. By the way, don't be fooled by the Exxon Mobil Visitor Center located here. The name says "Visitor Center" but actually means "Out of Town Employee Visitor Center".

Beaumont boasts the World's 3rd Largest Fire Hydrant which was a focal point for this year's DOG-tober Fest & Fire Safety Festival.

Beaumont also has the only Thomas Edison Museum west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, it is not open on the weekends.

Downtown Beaumont is the setting for the historic Crockett Street Entertainment District.
This stone sits at the former site of the house of Noah Tevis.
Two buildings with a lot of history are the Jefferson Theatre and Hotel Beaumont.
The first drive-in restaurant to open in the United States was Kirby's Pig Stand in Dallas, Texas. It opened in 1921. This location in Beaumont is Pig Stand No. 41. Freebie newspapers located inside the door place its closing date as early 2006, shortly after Beaumont was hit by Hurricane Ike.
The canopies for the cars are retro and space-age all at once.
For more pictures, click here pictures 1-74.

To be continued...

1 comment:

Wendalyn said...

My favorite part was the kitty! :)