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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Galveston: Gateway to Texas

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, December 16, 2018
1. Galveston: Gateway to Texas Marker
Inscription.  From the time of the earliest documented history, the Gulf of Mexico has been the main point of entry into Texas. Some settlers of the 1820s even came by keelboat, going ashore along the way to kill game, in the same way an overland party would live off the country while traveling. Some settlers did choose to come to Texas by land, but a poor system of wet and rough roads was crossed by countless rivers. In most cases, the rivers were crossed only by costly, ill-tended ferries, many of which were manned by unscrupulous operators who preyed upon naive travelers.

Galveston in the 19th century was a chief port of entry into Texas. It was sister city to New Orleans, so well-organized was passage from one to the other. Texas ports of entry included Velasco, Quintana, La Vaca, Indianola, Matagorda, Port Isabel, Houston and Corpus Christi. Yet Galveston - with the best natural harbor between Pensacola and Vera Cruz - dominated travel both into and out of Texas. This port welcomed statesmen, speculators, teachers, soldiers, clergymen, doctors, merchants, craftsman and tourists.

Galveston's prominence among the major ports of entry
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By Brian Anderson, December 16, 2018
2. Galveston: Gateway to Texas Marker
in North America led to the construction by the United States government of important quarantine and immigration stations that replaced earlier ones built and operated by the City of Galveston and the State of Texas. These stations saw tens of thousands of immigrants enter Galveston. While some settled within the city and contributed to Galveston's diverse population, most dispersed across Texas and aided in the growth and development of the state.
 
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7460.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 29° 20.159′ N, 94° 46.676′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from Seawolf Parkway. Marker is located within Seawolf Park, which requires an admission fee to enter. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Seawolf Park Boulevard, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Galveston Quarantine Stations (a few steps from this marker); SS Selma (within shouting distance of this marker); Galveston Island (approx. 0.7 miles away); Galveston, C. S. A. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort San Jacinto (approx. 1˝ miles away);
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Galveston Medical College (approx. 1.7 miles away); "Old Red" (approx. 1.7 miles away); Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
More about this marker. This marker was originally erected at another site in 1965 and was restored and relocated to this site in 2010.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.
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