A big change occurred in 1901 with the Spindletop gusher, which demonstrated the potential of the huge oil field.With Spindletop, several energy companies developed in Beaumont, and some continue.

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Beaumont is home of Lamar University, a national Carnegie Doctoral Research university with 14,966 students, including undergraduates and post graduates.

Over the years, several corporations have been based in this city, including Gulf States Utilities which had its headquarters in Beaumont until its takeover by Entergy Corporation in 1993.

Oil is, and has always been, a major export of the city, and a major contributor to the national GDP. C.", was a leading businessman and oil tycoon in the city in the early 20th century, developing businesses during the Texas Oil Boom.

An entrepreneur from Pennsylvania and Iowa, he arrived after the gusher at Spindletop, and invested in development of a commercial port in the city, and an irrigation system to support the local rice industry, as well as residential and retail development of suburban property. He 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.

Soon after that, a small community grew up around the farm, which was named Tevis Bluff or Neches River Settlement. Later, other businesses were formed, especially in railroad construction and operation, new building construction, lumber sales, and communications.

This town was named Beaumont, after Jefferson Beaumont, the brother-in-law of Henry Millard. The Port of Beaumont became a successful regional shipping center.When paramedics arrived, they found Savannah on the ground, 'freezing cold to the touch,' her clothes and shoes soaking wet, Reid said.Garrard never told the medics that the girl had been running; she said only that the girl collapsed in the yard.An Alabama woman on trial for murder in her granddaughter's death called out the child's name time after time as the girl lay on the ground after collapsing, but didn't tell medics the girl had run for hours, according to evidence presented on Tuesday.The 911 operator said Garrard is heard early in the recording asking for 'a smoke' while the child was unconscious.Savannah wasn't supposed to eat chocolates because she was on medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and had a bladder problem, but she had eaten candy on the school bus the day before she died.