In Episode Six of Artifacts. Stories., I meet George Osbourn at Fort San Jacinto, for a tour of what is left of a concrete gun battery built to protect the city and harbor and to secure the entrance of Galveston Bay. Fort San Jacinto was an Endicott Period Coastal Fort first established in 1898. During World War II, the battery was equipped with rapid fire guns, which were fired for practice, but never in combat. The fort was abandoned in 1947, but remnants still sit at the eastern tip of the island.
Last year, I decided it was time to learn more of Galveston's colorful history. This video series is some of what I learned. I understand that this is not a cinematic work of art. I'm simply sharing what I learned. If you have any suggestions for improvement - or story ideas! - please post them in the Disqus comments below.
If you missed other episodes, here's some links:
The Wooden Paver
The Panoramic Sketch
Battle of Gavleston Part 1: The Cannon Balls
Battle of Galveston Part 2 - "My Father Is Here" - E4
Battle of Galveston Part 3 - The Watchmen
As I add more episodes, you'll be able to find them at galveston.com/stories.
We are also publishing Rosenberg Treasures of the Month at galveston.com/rosenbergtreasures.
If you're checking into a hotel, ask if they have Galveston.com TV. We also have several streaming apps available for download in your App Store.
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