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Galveston has had a richly evolving history of European settlement for some 200 years, during which time pirates set their flags in the soil, waves of immigrants from Italy and Greece made their way to the island, and wealthy merchants planted strong roots. The most recorded narratives, however, relate the stories of the devastating storms that have ripped through the beautiful town, beginning with the infamous Great Storm of 1900. Considered the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, this Category 4 hurricane killed up to 8,000 residents while obliterating hundreds of homes and businesses.

It took many years for the island to start anew after the Great Storm, but Galveston’s economic leaders eventually refashioned the town as a popular tourist destination—which it still serves as today. Although most of the original structures are long gone, the stories of the early islanders and their colorful history continue to live on in both renovated structures and new establishments created in memory of the past.

From the Blogs

Galveston Island Events April thru June 2019

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.

Head to Galveston This Spring Break for Beaches, Historical Attractions

Published: Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Spring break is right around the corner which means flocks of Texans will be saying goodbye to winter as they head to the beach. Galveston’s beach parks will open March 9, and that’s just the beginning of what visitors can experience on the island this season. Read more.

March 2019 - Galveston's 1938 Mardi Gras Celebration

Published: Sunday, March 03, 2019

The theme of Galveston’s 1938 Mardi Gras was “A Court in Old England,” and it was described as “one of the most beautiful” Mardi Gras celebrations to date by the Galveston Daily News. Read more.

Every day a good day for colorful Galveston resident

Published: Friday, February 08, 2019

Humans of Galveston met Peter Cangelosi on The Strand, where he was soaking up sunshine and good music by local musician Brittany Doyle. Read more.

2019 Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Schedule

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Visitors to the island can gather in Galveston’s downtown entertainment district and along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard to see flashy floats, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling dancers at these 2019 parade events. Read more.

The Early Causeways

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I meet George Osborn on the causeway built in 1912. Eleanor Barton shows the bronze plaques that were from the 1938 causeway. Read more.

January 2019 - W.K. Hebert & Co.

Published: Friday, January 04, 2019

Established in 1919 by William Kendal Hebert, the firm provided funeral and burial services for the island’s African-American community for more than six decades. Read more.

Holiday Fun Continues in Galveston with Expanded Downtown Lanterns & Lights

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2018

An expanded Downtown Lanterns and Lights has been illuminated in downtown Galveston. Read more.

The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018

The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.

Power Grids Are a Powerful Thing

Published: Friday, November 02, 2018

Find out about the new power grid downtown that has eliminated the need for noisy generators at the Lone Star Rally. Read more.

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