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

West Galveston Island

 
 
West Galveston Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 9, 2013
1. West Galveston Island Marker
Inscription. First known to world history in the 16th century, from report of Spanish soldier Cabeza de Vaca, who was shipwrecked on this island in 1528. Area was also visited by French explorer La Salle in 1685. Second known Caucasian to live here was the buccaneer Jean Lafitte, who had to fight Karankawa Indians for the site he chose as operating base for his pirate fleet in 1815 or 1816. In the 1820's a debarkation point for illegal slave ships developed on West Island.

Humane and civilized traffic afterward found its way here. Stagecoach service was established in the 1850's from Galveston to Old Velasco (now Freeport) on a West Beach road, with a ferry at San Luis Pass. An important lace manufacturing concern was located here, and by 1885 the Galveston & Western Railway carried visitors by the hundreds to a race track near the center of the island.

Since 1957 West Island has rapidly become a major recreational and resort area, with leisure homes fronting the Gulf, the canals and the bay. There is still enough wilderness to attract migratory shore birds; more than 95 per cent of the known species in America annually spend some time on this island.
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee.
 
Location. 29° 11.856′ 
West Galveston Island Marker and Dedication image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, November 7, 2013
2. West Galveston Island Marker and Dedication
N, 94° 57.01′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on 13 Mile Road 0.1 miles south of Termini-San Luis Pass Road (County Route 3005), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Galveston Island State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lafitte's Grove (approx. 1.4 miles away); Karankawa Campsite (approx. 2 miles away); Galveston "News", C.S.A. (approx. 7.9 miles away); Campbell's Bayou (approx. 7.9 miles away); Civil War Fortifications at Virginia Point (approx. 7.9 miles away); Rosewood Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Italian Vault (approx. 8.9 miles away); "Ducky's Beach" (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
Dedication of Road to San Luis Pass image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
3. Dedication of Road to San Luis Pass
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2013, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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