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

Saengerfest Park

 
 
Saengerfest Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
1. Saengerfest Park Marker
Inscription.
The park takes its name from Saengerfest, a biennial singing contest sponsored by German immigrant choral societies around the State of Texas in the 19th century. A choral group from Galveston, “the Salamanders,” took top honors in the 1879 competition in New Braunfels, Texas, thereby receiving the honor of hosting the next Saengerfest in April 1881. In honor of this occasion, the City of Galveston built a lighted pavilion and giant, temporary arches along the Strand. Four hundred singers from 13 choral societies across the state were welcomed to the island with a torchlit parade that passed beneath these arches. Today’s Galveston Arches, constructed in 1986 celebrating Galveston’s revived Mardi Grass, took their inspiration from these festival monuments. Saengerfest Park, a project of George and Cynthia Mitchell, is inspired by the same spirit of civic celebration.
 
Location. 29° 18.438′ N, 94° 47.676′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 23rd Street and Strand Street, on the left when traveling south on 23rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the center of Saengerfest Park, at the northwest corner of the Strand Street & 23rd Street intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2302 Strand Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Saengerfest Park Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
2. Saengerfest Park Marker (wide view)
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicholas J. Clayton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rice, Baulard & Company Building (about 300 feet away); Mitchell Street (about 300 feet away); Washington Hotel (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Saengerfest and the 1986 Galveston Mardi Gras Arches
 
Also see . . .  Saengerfest Park. Saengerfest Park is a small square park located on the corner of 23rd Street and The Strand in Galveston's Historic Strand District. (Submitted on June 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Powell Arch image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 14, 2018
3. Powell Arch
Powell Arch, located beside The Tremont House on Ship Mechanic Row Street at 24th Street, is part of the civic design project undertaken in 1985 and based on temporary decorative arches constructed in 1881, when the City of Galveston hosted Saengerfest, a biennial singing contest sponsored by German immigrant choral societies around the state of Texas.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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