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Monday, February 22, 2010

Mapping out Beaumont's past


Things sure have changed in the last 70 or so years. This old map shows just how much the City of Beaumont has changed since 1942.

US 69/96 was the main route as was US 90. Fourth Street dead ended at Calder and 11th street was actually part of US 69. Since then, the interstate has taken over portions of that highway. But, with a population of just 59,000, there just wasn't much traffic. Today, I-10 at Liberty-Laurel sees more than 120,000 vehicles every day while sections of US-69 hit the 70,000 mark.

Of course, this was all WAY before my time. But some of you old-timers may remember those routes on your way to school....barefoot...in the snow...uphill both ways.

Happy Driving,
Marc S

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