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Originally named Tevis Bluff, Beaumont came of age in 1901 with the Spindletop oil gusher. Today, it is home to Lamar University and is "The Museum Capital of Texas." A number of entertainment options are available. The South Texas State Fair in the spring is very popular. Ford Park (409/951-5400) includes an arena, exhibit hall, fairground, RV park, softball complex and amphitheater. The Julie Rogers Theatre (409/838-3435 or 800/782-3081) hosts the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Civic Opera, Beaumont Civic Ballet and Beaumont Ballet Theatre. The St. Anthony Cathedral at 700 Jefferson Drive is modeled after St. Paul's Basilica in Rome. For an appointment, call 409/833-6433.Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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