Galveston and Surrounding Area

 

 

 

 

Monument to the 1900 Storm

On September 8, 1900, a powerful hurricane hit Galveston. As a result, 6,000 people died and the city was virtually destroyed. It is still considered the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

One of the people who came to help was Clara Barton, then 78 years old. She coordinated efforts to rebuild the orphanage, which killed 10 nuns and 90 children. It was also her last disaster operation.

This is a monument on the seawall to the victims of the storm.

     
 

Ashton Villa

Ashton Villa was built in 1858-59, the first of Galveston's Broadway "palaces," as well as the first brick house to be built in Texas.

During the War Between The States, it was used as a Federal headquarters and a Confederate headquarters, at different times, of course.

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger read from the balcony, a decree declaring that the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 was now in effect for Texas, and the slaves were free.

That date has become a national holiday for African Americans, and is referred to as "Juneteenth".

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World War II Coastal Artillery Bunker

On the west side of Galveston Island, there are two bunkers used during the war to protect the island from German U-boats. They are now on the property of the Hotel San Luis. The developers are to be commended for saving a part of history.

     
   
     
 

Fort Crockett Officers' Quarters

One reason that I wanted to take pictures in Galvestion is that the officers quarters of Fort Crockett are going to be bulldozed down once a lawsuit is settled in court.

Fort Crockett was the fort associated with the artillery bunkers and the protection of the Gulf coast around Galveston. So much of history is being destroyed in favor of development.

     
 

Another view of Ft. Crockett

Officers' Quarters

     
 

 

Gaido's Restaurant

Gaido's is celebrating it's 100 years in business this year. Not many restaurants can boast about that. It is a landmark on the seawall, and serves very good seafood.

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Our meal at Gaido's
     
 

The Galveston-Bolivar Ferry

Although ferry service has been operating between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula since the 19th century, the State of Texas has been operating the ferry since 1934.

The ferry ride is free.

     
 

Bolivar Lighthouse

The lighthouse was built in the 1850's as a guide for vessels entering Galvestion Bay from the Gulf of Mexico.

During the War Between The States, Confederate troops dismantled the lighthouse to keep the Federals from using it during the shipping blockade. The steel pieces were never found after the war, leaving historians to believe that they were used for the war effort, possibly for armament for Confederate ships.

The lighthouse was rebuilt after the war in 1870.

During the 1900 storm, 120 people sought refuge in the lighthouse, and sat two by two on the spiral staircase for 5 days.

 

     
 

Galveston Industries

 

In this picture, a shrimp boat drags his nets with the American National Insurance Company headquarters building in the background.
     
 

Tall Ship Elissa

 

 

 

 

 

Built in 1877 in Scotland, the Elissa was used as a commercial ship for 90 years. She is still seaworthy and is moored at Pier 21 in Galveston.

     

Other places in and around Galveston

 

The Strand
Opera House, 1894
United States Customs House, 1857