Beaumont Breakfast
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About 8:00 we arrived in Beaumont's pattern and once again flew in trail, landing on Beaumont's sod runway in the same order we had taken off.  The south end of the runway has about a 10 degree upslope into this day's wind.  First Brian alighted gently, rolling less than 100 feet before turning off onto the taxiway.  Chris followed avoiding a washout in the runway and rolling further than Brian.  Bill was about to land and I was behind him on final.  Watching Bill through my windshield it appeared as though either the runway must be very rough or my windshield was full of distortions.  Later Bill announced that he was just "testing" how low he could get one wingtip to the ground without actually touching it, then he "tested" the other one.  He had to do this several times before being satisfied with the result.  Yeah, right, Bill!!
Taxiing on the paved "road" towards town brought us to a stop sign at the T-intersection.  The pilot of each plane stopped, looked both ways then proceeded to the parking area,  Onlookers standing on the hotel's porch waved to us, we waved back.  More than an hour of flying in the 50 degree weather in an open cockpit plane has a numbing effect on one's appendages.  We were glad to be on the ground, knowing soon we would be eating hot food and slurping steaming cups of coffee.
The wooden water tower
was to the road's left
Beaumont's combination hotel and restaurant was a welcome sight
The term "Beaumont" refers to the combination hotel and restaurant that was built shortly after Beaumont was establish as a railroad town in 1879.  It was an important cattle shipping point and an engine overhaul station between St. Louis, MO. and Wichita, KS.  A 25,000  gallon wooden water tower was constructed to supply the steam trains, each consuming 5,000 gallons of water.  The 7 daily trains used 35,000 gallons of water.  This tower was the last one used on the mainline of a railroad in the United States.  A six bay roundhouse with pits underneath was used for inspection and repair.  In 1955, the last steam train went through Beaumont because cattle shipping had been taken over by trucks plying the newly built I-70. 
The stockyards, cattle pens and loading docks have been removed and now make way for a 2500' grass runway, paved taxiway/road to town and a grass parking area.  Once a month, the hotel provides a fly-in breakfast, hence the reason for our flight. (These two photos by Bret Chilicotte)
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