Beaumont (Amtrak station)
|Location||2555 West Cedar Street
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Passengers (2014)||3,412 1.3%|
After the station sustained damage in Hurricane Rita the station building was removed and only a concrete platform was left. A new station was constructed in 2012. A portion of the construction funds was from $1.2 million in federal stimulus funding. The new station opened on September 14, 2012. Work was completed in January, 2012. The station is constructed of red brick and has an enclosed waiting room. A five hundred fifty (550) foot platform was also constructed.
Public transporation is accessible with the Beaumont Municipal Transit System. Route #4 - South Eleventh runs south of the Amtrak station with a stop on Fannin Street. The transit system provides ten routes traveling throughout the city. Each of the routes travel to the Dannebaum Station transit center providing a central transfer spot.
Notable Places Nearby
- Jefferson Theatre - The theater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1927. The theater was completely renovated in the early 2000s. Performances are at the theater throughout the year.
- Beaumont Civic Center - Located about two blocks away from the Jefferson, the civic center has a capacity of 6,500. Various events are held throughout the year. The civic center is located adjacent to Riverfront Park. The park is between the civic center grounds and the Neches River.
- Julie Rogers Theater - The Julie Rogers theater, a contributing building of the Beaumont Commercial District U.S. Historic district is located across the street from the civic center. Live performances are held throughout the year.
- Texas Energy Museum - The Texas Energy Museum is across the street from the Julie Rogers Theater. The two stories of exhibits provide and entertaining and educational look at the petroleum industry with a concentration on the Spindletop oil field.
- Tyrrell Historical Library - The Tyrrell Historical Library is next door to the energy museum. The library building, another contributing building to the Beaumont Commmercial District Historic district, was originally a church. The renovated building houses genealogy records and other archives.
- Art Museum of Southeast Texas - Across the plaza from the energy museum and historical library is the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. The art museum has a permanent collection of over one thousand (1,000) pieces. Rotating collections are also presented.
- Crockett Street Entertainment District - The Crockett Street Entertainment District is two blocks away from the art museum. Several restaurants and other entertainment businesses are located in the district. The district consists of a block of restored buildings. Each of the buildings are contributing members of the Beaumont Commercial District Historical district.
- Edison Museum - Two blocks away from the entertainment district, the museum is housed in a building dating back to 1927. The building was originally a power substation. It nows houses artifacts associated with and concentrating on Thomas Edison. The museum is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi.
- Fire Museum of Texas - The fire museum is two blocks away from both the Edison Museum and the Crockett Entertainment District. It has a collection of antique fire fighting equipment including trucks. The world's largest operating fire hydrant is in front of the museum building. The building was built in 1927 and was originally a fire station.
- McFaddin-Ward House - The McFaddin Ward House is located about one mile away from the fire museum. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 12,800 sq ft home includes furnishings original to the house. Also open for tours is a carriage house and gymnasium.
- Lamar University - Lamar University is located in the southern part of the city. In addition to NCAA Division I athletic events, the Dishman Art Museum is located on the campus. The art museum has numerous permanent collections.
- Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum - The museum is located on the campus of Lamar University. In addition to the visitor center, the museum features a collection of fifteen replicated buildings which were part of Gladys City during the time of the Spindletop oil boom. Several artifacts are in the buildings.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- "Amtrak's concrete slab to be replaced with bathroomless station". The Beaumont Enterprise. 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "Grand Opening Ceremony for New Amtrak Station". kfdm.com. Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. September 17, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- Dan Wallach (June 8, 2015). "Meet the man behind Beaumont's Amtrak station". beaumontenterprise.com. Hearst Newspapers II, LLC. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Beaumont, TX (BMT)". The Great American Stations. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Route #4 - South Eleventh" (pdf). Beaumont Municipal Transit System. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
- Amtrak – Stations – Beaumont, TX
- Amtrak Stations Database
- Amtrak Photo Archive
- Beaumont, Texas (BMT) (Amtrak's Great American Stations)
- Beaumont Municipal Transit System
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