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Established: 1879

Population: 57

Elevation: 1,604 ft. Schools: Bluestem School District Amenities: Beaumont Hotel

Beaumont was established along the Frisco Railroad. It became a main shipping point for area cattle ranchers. In 1885, Frisco built a water tower to service the steam locomotive and provide water for the railroad roundhouse and cattle stockyards. The water tower still stands today and is the oldest wooden water tower still operating in America. Edwin Russel founded the Summit Hotel in 1879, which became the Beaumont Hotel. In 1910 Beaumont’s population was at its peak of around 1,500. The depot was a busy hub on the railroad and a main stop for Texas and Oklahoma cattle barons. During this time, the stockyard was one of the largest between Wichita and Springfield, Mo. The town was used as a headquarters for those who shipped and brought in cattle to fatten. With the use of trucks to ship cattle becoming a growing trend in the 1950s, the business traffic in Beaumont started to decline. The railroad no longer had any use in the town and tore down the stockyards, depot and roundhouse. The hotel closed down as well. J.C. Squire bought the hotel in 1953 to accommo-

General Excavating • Pond Cleaning • Pond Repair • Basements • Backfilling • Footings • Breaker • Waterlines

Landscaping • Stone Terraces • Stone Retaining Walls • Berms • Grading • Topsoil • Compost • Shrub Removal

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Did you know: The 1885 Frisco Water Tower represents, to the residents’ knowledge, the last remaining of its kind in the United States. The preservation of the water tower was completed in 1998 and in 1993 it was accepted into the state and national historic registers.




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