Beaumont station

Beaumont is an Amtrak station in Beaumont, Texas, served by the Sunset Limited service.

Beaumont, TX
Beaumont, TX Amtrak Station closeup.jpg
Location2555 West Cedar Street
Beaumont, TX
United States
Coordinates30°04′35″N 94°07′39″W / 30.07639°N 94.12750°W / 30.07639; -94.12750Coordinates: 30°04′35″N 94°07′39″W / 30.07639°N 94.12750°W / 30.07639; -94.12750
Owned byCity of Beaumont
Line(s)Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks2
Construction
Parking25 long term and 4 short term parking spaces
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: BMT
Passengers
20193,651 [1]Increase 0.27%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Houston Sunset Limited Lake Charles
Former services
Preceding station Southern Pacific Railroad Following station
Houston, TX Sunset Route Lake Charles

Station buildingsEdit

 
Police substation building with the Amtrak station in the background

The current station building and adjacent police substation were constructed in 2012 and opened on September 14 of that year. An earlier station building on the site sustained damage in Hurricane Rita in 2005. That building was removed and only a concrete platform was left for six years until the current replacement station was built. A portion of the construction funds for the current station was from $1.2 million in federal stimulus funding.[2] Work was completed in January, 2012.[3][4] The station is constructed of red brick and has an enclosed waiting room. A five hundred fifty (550) foot platform was also constructed.[5]

The city of Beaumont built a police substation with public restrooms on the site adjacent to the current train station at the same time.[6]

Public transportationEdit

Public transportation 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.[7]

Notable places nearbyEdit

  • 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 Commercial 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amtrak service in Beaumont, TX" (PDF). Rail Passengers Association. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Grand Opening Ceremony for New Amtrak Station". kfdm.com. Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. September 17, 2012. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Dan Wallach (June 8, 2015). "Meet the man behind Beaumont's Amtrak station". beaumontenterprise.com. Hearst Newspapers II, LLC. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Beaumont, TX (BMT)". The Great American Stations. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  6. ^ James Shannon (September 20, 2012). "All Aboard! Beaumont opens new Amtrak station". theexaminer.com. The Examiner Corporation. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Route #4 - South Eleventh" (pdf). Beaumont Municipal Transit System. Retrieved November 12, 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Beaumont, Texas (Amtrak station) at Wikimedia Commons