I was born in a very large city named Beaumont which islocated in Southeast Texas.
This large city consists of three high schools one beingconsidered a medical magnet program and also three hospitals, one being ranked numberthree in Texas. Beaumont lacks the bright city lights and the enthusiastic crowdsand has become very well known for its outrageous crime rates, lack of educationand also for the largest oil gusher in the world in 1901. Beaumont has had an average of 14 murders in the year of 2017,four being simultaneously in one month. In the past three years my city has changeddramatically, “when it comes to violent crimes, Beaumont, TX shows a crime ratethat is 156% higher than the Texas average. The crime rate is also 188% higherthan the national average” (Area Vibes). Some believe the reason for these crimesare affiliated with gang initiations which has also become a major issue for theBeaumont Police Department.I graduated top 10% from a small high school called “Ozen” andI love to consider myself a proud panther.
Although Beaumont has three highschools and two colleges it has been ranked as the dumbest city in Texas, whichis not very hard to believe considering the enormous dropout rate which has reachedan all-time high for this city. “A new study of America’slargest 150 metropolitan areas places Beaumont dead last in the list of mosteducated” (Wermund, Benjamin). From my understanding many kids in this area don’tlike to attend school because some teachers lack certain cognitive teaching andbecause of this many kids aren’t very engaged in learning. Although my hometown seems a little dreary, the famous oil gushergives it some perks. In 1901 Beaumont became known for its miraculous discoveryof oil. “The cheap fuel they found helped torevolutionize American transportation and industry. Storage facilities,pipelines, and major refining units were built in the Beaumont, Port Arthur,Sabine Pass, and Orange” (Spindle top). Due to the gusher a booming oil industryarose which put Beaumont on the map, bringing the population to a steady rise withinmonths from the miraculous event that took placed.
Many people traveled from aroundthe world to witness the booming gusher which lasted for nine days straight. Todaya replica of the Gusher is placed exactly where the first one was located and itis now our city’s monument. Beaumont, Texas isvery unique and not quite what some people would imagine, but it is still my hometownand I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Growing up here was a bitter sweet experience,and it has taught me many lessons along the way. No matter how different the cityhas become, Beaumont holds some of my fondest memories and I wouldn’t trade it forthe world.