Immigration Experiences


The Port of Galveston is considered one of the ten biggest immigrant ports of the 19th and 20th centuries. An estimated 300,000 immigrants entered the U.S. through the Port of Galveston between 1846-1948.

The U.S. government chose Galveston over New Orleans as the ‘new’ Federal Immigration Station in 1906. However, it was never fully realized. A scaled down version was operational by 1913, but it was damaged by hurricane winds in 1915.

Unrestricted entry ended in 1875. Immigrants entered Galveston through Pier 29.

Before Your Visit

Conduct some online research about the immigration that occurred through the Port of Galveston:

During Your Visit

After Your Visit