Texas Time Travel

Historic Overnights: Galveston Island

Pictured: Exterior of Hurley's West Wing.
Credit: J.R. Shaw, Galveston Unscripted

About this Project

Playground of the Southwest

The Barber's Victorian Cottage, built in 1894.
Credit: Courtesy of owner.

After the storm

The entry to the Educator's Townhouse.
Credit: Courtesy of owner.

Historic Galveston on Film

View archival footage

The Worst Natural Disaster in U.S. History

Winds reached more than 120 mph, with a storm surge of almost 16 feet, reducing 3,600 structures to rubble. In the neighborhoods closest to the beach, entire blocks were swept clean.

The Busiest Port Along the Texas Coast

By 1880, Texas was home to the largest foreign-born population of any Deep South state. Most came through the Port of Galveston. By 1910, 27 percent of Galveston's population was foreign-born.

A City of Firsts and Stories of Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865, two months after the Civil War, General Order No. 3 was read aloud at sites throughout Galveston, declaring that all enslaved people were free.

Listen Along with Galveston's Official Podcast & Audio Tour