“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Galveston Immigration Stations

Galveston Immigration Stations Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
1. Galveston Immigration Stations Marker
Inscription. Galveston was the port of entry for thousands of immigrants who settled in Texas and the southwest. Federal laws enacted in 1875 ended the unrestricted entry of immigrants into the country and led to the establishment of the area's first U.S. Immigration Station at Galveston's Pier 29. There U.S. Customs officials conducted medical exams, baggage inspections and formal processing of immigrants; those found to be diseased or incapacitated faced deportation. The U.S. Congress chose Galveston over New Orleans as the site of a major new Federal immigration station in 1906. Plans to build an impressive immigrant landing station on Pelican Island comparable to New York's Ellis Island facility were never fully realized. The scaled-down station, fully operational by 1913, was damaged by hurricane winds in 1915 and closed in 1916. The immigration offices were subsequently relocated to a building on Galveston's 21st Street. A new 3-story immigration station containing immigration offices, dormitories, medical facilities, a kitchen, and dining and recreational areas was completed here at 1700 Strand Avenue in 1933. It was used as an immigration and deportee-staging facility until about 1940 when it was converted for use as a U.S. Customs Office.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission.
Last Galveston Immigration Station building image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
2. Last Galveston Immigration Station building
29° 18.533′ N, 94° 47.294′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Strand St., on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Strand St., Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C. F. Marschner Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hendley's Row (approx. 0.2 miles away); American National Insurance Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jean Lafitte (approx. 0.2 miles away); Landes-McDonough House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Galveston Historical Foundation (approx. mile away); First Navy of the Republic of Texas (approx. mile away); Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,284 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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