Here is more about Wildcatter Weekend:
If one had asked a Beaumonter on January 1, 1901, what big news of recent months had most interested him, he would have said the great Galveston hurricane of September 8, or the dawning of a new century. If one had asked him on January 10, he would have said the great gusher at Spindletop - a salt dome about three miles south of Beaumont. Dubbed "The Lucas Gusher," the oil discovery on Spindletop Hill changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the petroleum age.
On November 13, 1925, Spindletop produced its second oil boom when the Yount-Lee Oil Company used new technology to drill on the flanks of Spindletop Hill. As a result of this discovery – and the wealth that followed, Miles Yount and his wife, Pansy, soon became known as some of the best breeders of saddlebred horses in the United States. Gladys City will celebrate the second Spindletop boom with a guest lecture by Lamar University archivist Penny Clark entitled "Glory Days: Architecture of the Second Spindletop" at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center Caroline Room.
Then, in the afternoon, families can learn about it takes to get horses ready for show, hammer out a horseshoe nail in the blacksmith's shop, watch a farrier shoe a horse, take a ride in the Stewart Title horse and carriage, and run in a stick-horse race!
Don't worry - I will take lots of pictures!