Chosen by fortune for glory, the world first knew Beaumont through Spindletop, the oil field that proved petroleum could be found in quantities to supply the world. The technology, industry and commerce that followed the petroleum bonanza grew and diversified until today. With the oil discovery came the nation's industrial age and 600 oil companies. Today, Beaumont is the region's largest city, a cultural crossroads rich in history, art and culture. Borrowing from the Cajun “lagniappe,” meaning “a little something extra,” Beaumont is “Texas with A Little Something Extra.” The city's Bayou roots make it a combination of two colorful cultures: Texas with Cajun influences.
C-Span visited Beaumont, Texas for their 2012 Local Content Vehicles (LCV) Cities Tour to feature content on Book TV & American History TV. These episodes aired Feb. 4-5, 2012 & explore the literary culture, & history of the place where oil was first discovered in Texas in 1901, Beaumont, Texas.