Fire Museum of Texas
The nearby Fire Museum of Texas (400 Walnut St., 409/880-3927, www.firemuseumoftexas.org, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., free). Is another unexpected gem. The small museum, housed in the 1927 Beaumont Fire Department Headquarters Station, is practically dwarfed by the massive black-and-white-spotted “world’s largest fire hydrant” in front of the building. Now considered the third largest in the world, this 24-foot-tall hydrant was donated to the museum by Disney Studios in conjunction with the release of the animated movie “101 Dalmatians.” Inside, the facility showcases the importance of firefighters in Texas and across the country through vintage fire engines and equipment, educational exhibits, and the Texas Firefighter Memorial.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition