“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 Medical College

(originally located one mile west)

Galveston Medical College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, August 16, 2015
1. Galveston Medical College Marker
Inscription.  First medical college in Texas and predecessor of the University of Texas Medical Branch, the school opened in 1865 as a branch of Soule University at Chappell Hill. Although equipment during the first session consisted of one skeleton, one obstetrical dummy, and three anatomy charts, the teaching level was high -- equal to that in most medical schools in the United States at the time.

The college moved three times in eight years, but enrollment increased to 46 by 1873 and students were authorized to attend patients in the Island City Hospital. In obedience to law, all corpses were buried, but the bodies of some indigents were later disinterred by students for dissecting purposes.

In 1873, the school was reorganized as the "Texas Medical College and Hospital" under the guidance of Dr. Ashbel Smith, brilliant, fiery-tempered surgeon who was also famed as a Texas statesman.

In 1891, the medical branch of the University of Texas was established here with Sealy Hospital as the college teaching hospital. The red brick building at this site originally housed the entire school. Today the medical branch has an annual
"Old Red," Galveston Medical College Marker Nearby image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, August 16, 2015
2. "Old Red," Galveston Medical College Marker Nearby
This structure, now called "Old Red" and built in 1891, is the first building built to house the medical school. The marker is to the right of the big stairs.
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enrollment of 900 and is one of Texas' leading medical colleges.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7471.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 29° 18.686′ N, 94° 46.74′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from The Strand Street east of 11th Street. It's on the east side of the big stairs on the red/orange building. You cannot drive to the location. I parked in a cul-de-sac of The Strand and walked about a block from there. But, I was there on Sunday and I don't know what the situation is on a weekday. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1005 Harborside Drive, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Old Red" (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary's Hospital (approx. Ό mile away); Davidson-Penland House (approx. 0.3 miles away); James S. Waters House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jean Lafitte (approx. 0.4 miles away); Menard-Ganter House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jacobs Home (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
More about this marker. The marker is not at the actual site of the original medical school, which is long gone. Rather it's at the current medical school -- The University of Texas Medical Branch.
Regarding Galveston Medical College.
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The school was in jeopardy after hurricane Ike did severe damage. But, UTMB is still a medical school that also has several clinics in Galveston County.
Also see . . .
1. From The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. University of Texas Medical Branch Website. If you search for UTMB you will find numerous links. (Submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.) 

3. From Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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