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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Beaumont in the Thirties

McFaddin-Ward House

Silent | 1930s

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  •  Walking the tightrope at the South Texas State Fair 
  •  The Rainbow Bridge 
  •  Downtown Beaumont 
  •  Temple to the Brave 
  •  Port of Beaumont 
  •  Auf wiedersehen 
  •  Tyrrell Park 
  •  Gangster dancing 
  •  Jefferson Theater 
  •  Stunts at the beach 
  •  Gas flare at the oil field 
  •  Lamar Theater playing the 1938 film, Prison Farm 
  •  A gang of gangsters 
  •  Maid to Order 
  •  Diving and swimming at Magnolia Park 
  •  Ships at the port 
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Photographed by Francis Sory and Clemmons Young, this home movie compilation captures scenes across 1930s Beaumont. While many of the locations in the footage are instantly recognizable, some, like the Lamar Theater, have since been demolished or reconfigured in recent decades. Supplementing these locales are the residents and families who made up Beaumont at the time, captured across various activities: working on the oil field, swimming at the pool, and even making short films while dressed as menacing mobsters.
The McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont was built in 1905-06, in the Beaux-Arts Colonial Revival style. At 12,800 square feet, the oil-wealthy McFaddins lived in this grand house for nearly 75 years, before it was eventually opened to the public as a museum in 1986. With few substantive changes made to the home or its decor since 1950, much of the McFaddin-Ward House’s furnishings remain intact for the public to view.
Further information on the McFaddin-Ward House and its history can be found at the house museum’s website.