Beaumont Becomes a Railroad Town

Beaumont Becomes a Railroad Town (HM158H)

Location: Beaumont, KS 67012 Butler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 39.307', W 96° 31.961'

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Beaumont Historical Marker

In 1879, Beaumont was established as a railroad town. It became one of the most important shipping points in the Flint Hills. Beaumont sat atop the divide that separated Otter Creek and Little Walnut Creek. Westbound trains from Piedmont had nearly ten miles of steep grade before cresting the divide. The 25,000 gallon wooden water tower was constructed and there were 7 trains consuming 35 thousand gallons of water daily. A steam engine alone used approximately 5,000 gallons between Piedmont and Beaumont. The roundhouse was built in 1890 and had six engine stalls, with pits underneath for inspection and repair. At that time, Beaumont was established as the overhaul station between St. Louis and Wichita. They employed 90 people and built structures to house the coal, office, store rooms, ice house, showers and a depot. By 1950 shipping of cattle had been taken over by trucks; in 1955 the last steam engine passenger train went through Beaumont. This wooden water tower was the last one used on the mainline of a railroad in the United States.
HM NumberHM158H
Placed ByBeaumont Hotel
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:36am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 717651 N 4170414
Decimal Degrees37.65511667, -96.53268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 39.307', W 96° 31.961'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 39' 18.42" N, 96° 31' 57.66" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)620
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 104 SE 116th Terrace, Beaumont KS 67012, US
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