Beaumont Overview – 0:00 – 10:00
Jake Tortorice and Frank Zummo – 10:00 – 20:02
Maraja Jones – 20:02 – 30:04
Ines Alvidres – 30:04 – 40:55
The Oil Boom Town
with so much more
Beaumont Texas – Boom Town USA. Are you ready to get back out on the road? I know you are and I have the place to go. My friends over in Beaumont, Texas are ready for you to come for a visit.I have always wanted to visit the city known for starting the oil boom in Texas.
I had a chance to visit recently and really enjoyed my time there. On this show of Interesting People in Fascinating Destinations, I met several great local, hometown folks, with families ties through several generations. Exactly what we like on Interesting People in Fascinating Destinations. I would like to share our lively conversations with you.
I had a chat with:
A bakery owner who has deep family ties to the area. Jake Tortorice at Rao’s Bakery where delicious baked goods and his personality bring folks to his business all the time.
While talking with Jake, his friend and local businessman Frank Zummo – Zummo Meat Co. stopped by and I talked with him about Boudin and Party Sausages. Yum, right!
And, Cajun Soul Food can not be left out of this conversation. I talk with Maraja Jones – Sha BeBe Cajun Cafe about her restaurant that she started during a pandemic and it’s going GREAT!
I love art and street art gets my attention right away. When street art and food combines, I definitely want to talk. Local artist Ines Alvidres shares her love of art and how she got started. We also talk about one of my favorite murals, the Crawfish and Accordion located at the Crazy Cajun.
I also share historic information during the show.
The Texas oil boom, sometimes called the gusher age, was a period during the early 20th century which brought change and economic growth inTexas.And it all began with the discovery of a large petroleum reserve near Beaumont, Texas. One of my first stops was to visit the 15 buildings recreated to let us experience an Old West city and the Spindletop gusher. A visit to the Spindletop living historical museum takes you back to what life was like in 1901. Of course I share those details too.
Wildlife is all around, but a visit to Cattail Marsh and Gator Country are a definite must. Hear all about it.
You can’t leave out history when you’re talking about Beaumont. A tour of the McFaddin-Ward House takes you back in time and let’s you see how life was for the wealthy in the early 1900’s
Websites to start planning your Beaumont trip.
For more information on tickets and planning a visit to Spindletop – www.lamar.eduand search for Spindletop for more information about the museum.
Plan a visit to Cattail Marsh –www.beaumontcvb.com
You too can feed a gator. Visit Gator Country – www.gatorrescure.com
Go back in time with a visit to the McFaddin-Ward House – mcfaddin-ward.org
If Jake has you ready for a King Cake visit his website – raosbakery.com
Let’s place an order from some delicious boudin and party sausage.– www.Zummo.com
Check out Ines website –amarteartsstudio.comI’m sure you’ll find a beautiful piece that speaks to you….with heart.
For more information on planning a visit to Beaumont – visit the website – beaumontcvb.com for more information, suggestions and details.
A great comfortable place to stay – the Hilton Garden Inn is perfect.Hilton Garden Inn
More photos from Beaumont with Annita & Friends
Maraja Jones can cook – check out three of her dishes below
Murals and Street Art
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