Why I Love Galveston, Texas

Updated on December 30, 2016
Intuitive Clarity profile image

Allisyn writes about tarot, astrology, angel therapy, aromatherapy, feng shui, interior design, and human and animal behavior.

Standing On One Of My Favorite Jetties

A Diamond in the Rough

There is something special about the Island of Galveston. I know that it isn't the most beautiful beach in the world, but it's that almost ruggedness that gives it charm. Galveston has so much culture and history on such a small little island. There is something mystical about it. I've had some of my most intuitive dreams while vacationing on the island. Downtown Galveston has the charm of the 1800s with its brick sidewalks and ice cream tables in front of shoppes. Whether you are looking to relax or soak up some history and possibly see a ghost, Galveston is the island to go to.

Galveston In The 1900's

A Little Galveston History

Galveston Island has gone through riches, hurricanes, rebuilding and even cannibalism.

The first settlers in Galveston were cannibals. This started the island to be the most haunted in the United States. The Karankawa people were Native Americans that settled along Galveston to Corpus Christi Texas. They did blood and cannibalistic rituals. Exposure to new infectious diseases, annexation of territory, conflict with the newly arrived Europeans, and war forced them to intermarry or relocate to missions before 1860.

In 1825 the Port of Galveston was established and became the main port for Texas Navy ships during the Texas revolution. Galveston was founded in 1836 by Mathew Sabo and became the capitol of the Republic of Texas. And the battle of Galveston was fought on Galveston Bay during the American Civil War. Until the storm of 1900 when the island was totally wiped out.

Galveston became the busiest port and immigration trade for the U. S and around the world. Later in 1920's and 1930's it became known as sin city and a major tourist island. Casinos and venues such as the Balinese Room. Illegal businesses got shut down in the 1950's and Galveston became economically stagnant again.

Galveston emerged once again as a tourist spot and continues to grow today.

"The Storm"

"The warning came on the seventh

As the storm neared the coast

The water began to boil

As it began it's approach

It was a different back then

Back when storms had no name

When God takes control

There's no one to blame "

-Lyrics by J.D. Richards

A tribute to the storm of 1900

The Great Storm of 1900

The hurricane, known as the great storm on 1900, holds the most devastating and deadliest record in the U.S. It happened early in the morning on Sept.8. A meteorologist had warned the islanders but with no avail. By 4 pm waves as high as 15 ft slammed onto the island with wind speed of 125 mph killing 6-12,000 people. After the storm, it was decided to build protection from hurricanes and built most of the island up 17 feet and a seawall on the main parts of the beach.

Dog Friendly

Galveston is one of the most dog-friendly islands that I've ever been to. My dog Watson has been there so many times that he thinks he owns the beach. I have been able to take him to restaurants, shoppes, and just for a walk downtown. There are plenty of other dogs for him to meet on the island. Most of the islanders have their dogs romping on the beach with or without a leash depending on how well behaved they are. There are dog friendly bars that have water dishes and treats waiting for your dog. Most lodging allow dogs without a deposit. Hotel Galvez has a pet friendly environment if you are looking to for an upscale hotel. If you are wanting to go to the beach with Fido, Galveston will welcome your dog with open arms.

The Strand

Downtown Galveston, The Strand
Downtown Galveston, The Strand

Downtown Galveston

If you are looking to get away from the beach for awhile, a walk through downtown Galveston will be a treat. Meet the local islanders in the quaint shoppes and restaurants. I buy a new hat almost every time that I go to Galveston and I go downtown to find one. All of the shoppes are reasonably priced and so friendly. Stop in and have an ice cream at the local creamery (my dog Watson's favorite stop). Great little clubs and bars in downtown also if you are wanting to get away from the Seawall crowds in the evening.

Haunted Galveston
Haunted Galveston
Over the years, I've purchased many books on Galveston and its paranormal activity but this is by far the best book that I've found. Haunted Galveston has all of the best ghosts stories in one book. It gives full details of each famous and not so famous hauntings. I used it as a guide to know where to find ghosts. Hotel Galvez, The Mansion haunting, The library paranormal activity, and many more. By far the best book that I've found yet on ghosts in Galveston.

Ghosts in Galveston

Galveston is considered to be the most haunted Island in the U.S.. The reality show "Ghost Hunters" did a show about the island. They say that the cannibalism along with the hurricanes and wars contribute to making the island haunted. There are so many stories of hauntings that I would never be able to list them all. But I will tell a story about when I took my son there one year for his birthday. I had booked a ghost tour for us to take and unfortunately, we were rained out. So still needing to find our ghosts, we went to Hotel Galvez. It is a very nice hotel with ball rooms and gold elevators. We sat at the bar and talked to the bartender who told us the story of a lady who checked into room 500 where she was waiting for her love to come back from the sea. She got word that his ship went down and he had died. She refused to believe that he was dead and waiting for a month for his return. In despondence, she returned to one of the turrets on the top of the hotel and hung herself. In a sad twist of fate, her love returned looking for her a month later. He had not died after all. There have been reports of equipment malfunctioning in room 500 along with sightings of a woman in the ladies room who disappears when you approach her. They say that visitors who check into room 500 have had many reports of paranormal activity. I've yet to book that room but would love to do it one day just to get a glimpse of her.

Seawall Blvd.

Seawall Boulevard for Dining, Lodging, and More

Seawall Blvd. is the tourist spot to find dining, hotels and shops. Rent a bicycle for two and pedal down the Boulevard or just sit on one of the many benches with your coffee and meditate with the water. It is a hustle and bustle during tourist season. I love to go during off season when it is a little quieter. Not as much is open but the hotels are less expensive and we tend to have the beach to ourselves and the locals. The night clubs and bars are always booming and there is always an off chance that you will find some excellent live music talent.

Take A Cruise On The Ferry

The Ferry

Take the ferry over to Bolivar and drive down the Peninsula. Most folks drive a few miles and turn around to get back on the ferry but they don't know what they are missing. Check out the Bolivar Point Light House and stop in for a bite to eat at one of the quaint pubs. It has a true rugged beach kind of scenery.

Pleasure Pier

Take the family to Pleasure Pier for some fun rides. There are excellent spots to eat and just fun everywhere that you look.

Galveston Island

galveston texas:
Galveston, TX, USA

get directions


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Malcolm Wilks 

      21 months ago

      Great tribute to Galveston. I too believe that there is something special about that place. I recently visited and got to stay in an awesome beach house rented through Sand `N Sea. I honestly can't wait to go back. Thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)