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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

Downtown Dining That Excels in Every Way

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019

What constitutes an excellent dining experience?  Excellent food, ambiance, attention to detail, level of service. And how the staff makes you feel. Happily, one downtown eatery - and a twice-voted Restaurant of the Year - excels at them all. Read more.

Galveston Restaurant Week Returns for 8th Year January 26 - February 10

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The eighth annual Galveston Restaurant Week - Saturday, January 26th to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - brings Galveston Island's vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. 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.

November 2018 - The D.A.R. in Galveston

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

During the month of November, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from its permanent collection as well as items on loan from the chapter itself. Read more.

8 Things You Can Only Do in Galveston This Holiday Season

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

From November through January, Galveston is transformed from a vibrant beachside getaway into the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, see all the great things you can do this holiday season. Read more.

Life is an Adventure for Lady of the Sea

Published: Monday, October 15, 2018

I met Crystal, 35, at a Happy Hour at the Proletariat on Market Street. She was kind enough to share her story with Humans of Galveston. Read more.

The Mitchell Family Continues Legacy of Preservation

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Mitchell Historic Properties recently finished painting the exterior of the Dargan and Tobyn building and it looks beautiful! Read more.

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