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By Duane Hall, October 9, 2015
"Ducky's Beach" Marker
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — "Ducky's Beach"
Dedicated in memory of F.M. “Ducky” Prendergast July 31, 1908 - October 29, 2002 Native Galvestonian Beach Entrepreneur Lifeguard for Life Ducky Prendergast was one of Galveston’s original professional . . . — Map (db m90257) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7539 — "Old Red"(Ashbel Smith Building)
First, and originally the only, building of University of Texas Medical Branch. Master architect Nicholas J. Clayton designed the massive Romanesque structure. It was dedicated October 5, 1891. Although rooms were almost devoid of equipment, . . . — Map (db m90111) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 8240 — "The Cradle"
Building in which in 1891 Misses Betty Ballinger and Hally Bryan founded the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a society for historical preservation. This Victorian structure was then library of "The Oaks," family home of the founders, who . . . — Map (db m59424) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — [Galveston County] 1901-1965
After 1900 the Port of Galveston emerged as the second largest in the United States. Following completion of a deep water channel to Texas City in 1904, the mainland’s major petroleum petro-chemical plants, tin smelter and allied industries, had . . . — Map (db m50098) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — [Galveston County] Early History
General Xavier Mina, hoping to establish a settlement at what is now the Galveston County mainland, arrived and set up breastworks at Virginia Point in 1816. Between 1815 and 1817, three leaders of expeditions against Spanish Mexico, Mina, . . . — Map (db m50099) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7513 — 1871 Thomas Jefferson League Building
The Strand, known as "Wall Street of the Southwest," served as the central business district of early Galveston. A fire, set in 1869 to cover a robbery at Cohn Brothers, a clothing emporium, burned a mile wide area. It began at this site, once . . . — Map (db m65061) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 1894 Grand Opera House
Designed by Frank Cox of New Orleans, this Romanesque revival structure served as an opera house, hotel, and restaurant when it opened for its first season in 1895. Converted to a movie theater in the 1920s, it was restored in the 1970s and 1980s to . . . — Map (db m26968) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7531 — A. Wilkins Miller Cottage
A. Wilkins Miller had this residence built by Galveston contractor R.B. Garnett in 1895. As president of Miller & Vidor Lumber Co., one of the largest in the state, Miller was responsible for the growth of the timber industry in much of southeast . . . — Map (db m51226) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 9920 — American National Insurance Company
Founded in 1905 by Galveston business pioneer W. L. Moody, Jr. (1865-1954), American National opened for business on third floor of the Moody Building at 22nd and Strand streets in Galveston. At that time the home office staff numbered ten. By 1912, . . . — Map (db m55628) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 9924 — Ashton Villa, 1859
Mediterranean style architecture. European materials. Confederate and Federal headquarters in Civil War. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967 — Map (db m56219) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 58 — Baden-Sproule House
Designed by noted Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton, this house was built in 1899 by Ida B. Baden on land once known as Thomas Borden's farm. West Island landowner John D. Settle sold Miss Baden the land and assisted her in the architectural . . . — Map (db m59425) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Battle of Galveston
As part of the Union blockade of the Texas coast, Commander W. B. Renshaw led his small fleet into Galveston harbor to demand the surrender of this most important Texas port on October 4, 1862. Largely unguarded, as it was considered indefensible, . . . — Map (db m36154) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Beach InvertebratesDiscover Nature at the Beach
Animals without backbones are called invertebrates. Standing on the beach, wading in the surf, or swimming in the waters, you can encounter many varieties of Gulf invertebrates such as sand dollars, jellyfish, snails, crabs, and shrimp. Sand . . . — Map (db m90648)
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Bernardo De Galvez1746-1786
Supported the American Revolution by defeating the British along the Gulf Coast. He had Texas Longhorn cattle driven to Louisiana to aid his campaign - thus giving Texas a connection with the American Revolution. — Map (db m71154) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7527 — C. F. Marschner Building
Erected in 1905-06 by local contractor Otto Haase, this building housed the Texas Bottling Works and the family residence of C. F. and Marie Marschner. Shortly before the completion of the building, C. F. Marschner died. His widow inherited the . . . — Map (db m55632) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Campeche / Galveston IslandThe Galveston Bay Foundation’s Drive & Discover Galveston Bay Trail
Discover Nature at the Beach ... the Shoreline You stand at the shoreline of a sandy 30-mile long barrier island, one of several that edge the Texas Coast and help protect the mainland from the sea. Straight ahead of you, across . . . — Map (db m90650)
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 17278 — Carl and Hilda Biehl House
In 1902, Galveston was still recovering from the most devastating hurricane in recorded history. Many buildings were badly damaged, including the house at 1416 Broadway. In the early 1900s, Carl Christian Biehl immigrated to Galveston from Germany. . . . — Map (db m106585) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 107 — Carmelo "Charles" Bertolino(September 4, 1887 - March 8, 1960)
Born in Galveston in 1887, Carmelo Bertolino was the son of Salvatore Bertolino (d.1891) and Rosalia Trapani Bertolino (d.1942), who immigrated to Texas from Palermo, Italy in the early 1880s. Salvatore Bertolino drowned in Galveston Bay when . . . — Map (db m51271) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 8234 — Clarke-Jockusch Home
This large Victorian home was built in 1895 by Captain Charles Clarke, a prominent figure in the Galveston shipping industry. In 1928 the house was purchased by grain exporter Julius W. Jockusch, who served as consul in Belgium and later . . . — Map (db m57411) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Confederate Mariner: Leon Smith
"Lion" of Texas coastal defense during the Civil War. Commanded marine department of military district. Born in New England, went to sea at 13. By age 20 was a captain. In 1850's commanded on the Galveston to New Orleans run of Southern Mail . . . — Map (db m36129) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 8237 — Congregation B'nai Israel Synagogue
Erected in 1870. Cultural and religious center for 85 years. Second oldest temple in Texas. Converted to Masonic Temple in 1953. Henry Cohen, rabbi from 1888-1950, was noted advisor and beloved humanitarian to the entire city. Recorded . . . — Map (db m57363) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Custom House, Post Office and United States Court House
Authorized by The Congress of the United States * March 4, 1854 * Construction completed * March 31, 1864 * This was the first building erected by the United States of America for civil uses in the State of Texas . . . — Map (db m118965) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Davidson Building1890
During the last quarter of the 19th century Galveston Island was a major center of commerce for the Southwestern United States. Finished goods arrived at Galveston's natural deep water port from across the world, while cotton and other raw . . . — Map (db m118997) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Dignified Resignation
Erected to the Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederate States of America by The Veuve Jefferson Davis Chapter No. 17, United Daughters of the Confederacy 1911 Galveston Texas ”There has never been an armed force which in . . . — Map (db m118299) WM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7435 — Eaton Memorial Chapel
Designed by noted architect Nicholas Clayton. Gothic revival style. Dedicated as memorial in 1882 to the Rev. Benjamin Eaton, founding rector, 1841-71. Half of funds provided by the Ladies' Parochial Society; half by financier Henry Rosenberg. . . . — Map (db m58134) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Exploration
The first recorded history of Galveston Island occurred in 1528 with the shipwreck of Cabeza de Vaca and his crewmen. They were survivors of Alvarez de Pineda’s ill-fated expedition to Florida and were held captive here by the Karankawa Indians. De . . . — Map (db m50096) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Federal Building 1857
In 1854, a congressional appropriation was secured for the erection of a government building in Galveston for the customs, post office departments, the United States Court, and the United States Marshal. Three lots on the southeast corner . . . — Map (db m118960) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7537 — First Navy of the Republic of Texas
Dedicated to the First Navy of the Republic of Texas Established by Governor Henry Smith November 25th, 1835 The Fleet Brutus • Independence Liberty • Invincible Commemorating the heroism of its personnel . . . — Map (db m65031) HM WM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7444 — First Presbyterian ChurchFirst Church in Galveston
Organized New Year's Day, 1840, in the "Academy," an old building on the northwest corner of this intersection. Rev. John McCullough, church organizer, became pastor. Original building was finished 1843; present structure started 1872; . . . — Map (db m51228) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7484 — Former Site of Heidenheimer's Castle
In 1857 John S. Sydnor (1812-1869), former Galveston mayor, built the original two-story, eight-room structure at this site. Samson Heidenheimer (1834-1891) bought it in 1884. The German-born Heidenheimer began with a $100 loan and built a fortune . . . — Map (db m55631) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Fort San Jacinto
The northeastern tip of Galveston Island has seen defense fortifications since the early 1800's. Crude Spanish and French forts (1816-1818) gave way to small sand forts and batteries constructed by the Republic of Texas from 1836 to 1844. In 1863 . . . — Map (db m78508) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11889 — Franklin-Wandless House
Built in 1886 to replace a house destroyed in the great Strand fire, this was the home of Robert Morris and Sarah Franklin. Robert Franklin (1839-1923) was the son of Benjamin C. Franklin, the Battle of San Jacinto veteran for whom Franklin County . . . — Map (db m59423) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7454 — Frederich-Erhard House
Galveston native and banker William John Frederich, Sr. (1852-1898), had this house built for his family in 1894. After his death, his widow Jeanne sold the home to his nephew, Frederich William Erhard, in 1909. The home remained in the Erhard . . . — Map (db m59378) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 64 — Fredrick William Beissner House
Designed by Galveston architect William H. Roystone for local real estate agent Frederick William Beissner (1854-1905) and his wife Mary, this Victorian-era home was built in 1888. Its elaborate Eastlake details include turned posts, jigsawn porch . . . — Map (db m60498) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7472 — Galveston "News", C.S.A.
Founded 1842 by Samuel Bangs, Texas' first printer. Published after 1843 by Willard Richardson, who put up the first 4-story building in Galveston to house the offices and printing plant. Soon after the Civil War began in 1861, cut back from a . . . — Map (db m49843) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 13269 — Galveston Artillery Club
By 1840, a year after its incorporation, the city of Galveston was home to approximately 1,200 residents, the entry point for scores of immigrants and a major coastal shipping port. Ongoing tensions between the young Republic of Texas and Mexico had . . . — Map (db m59444) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7458 — Galveston Children's Home
Founded in 1878 by George Dealey (1829-1891), the Galveston Children's Home moved to this location in 1880. Henry Rosenberg gave money to construct a massive Gothic revival building here in 1894-95. It was destroyed by the storm of 1900. Newspaper . . . — Map (db m51269) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Galveston County Communities
Communities of Galveston County were established as follows: Algoa was named following the 1900 storm for a British Tanker which ran aground there. Alta Loma was given the Spanish Name, “High Ground,” by a development . . . — Map (db m118298) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7468 — Galveston Garten Verein
In design of a Teutonic Club; all stockholders were of German descent. Center for city's social life, 1876-1923, complex had an octagonal dance pavilion, tennis courts, bowling and tenpin alleys, bandstand, fountains. The complex was site of . . . — Map (db m56238) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 13717 — Galveston Historical Foundation
In 1871, twelve men formed the Galveston Historical Society to preserve the history of Texas by collecting important documents. The group and its archive grew, but in 1880, the secretary died, telling no one where to find the collection. In 1885, . . . — Map (db m118966) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Galveston Immigration Stations
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. . . . — Map (db m30449) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Galveston in the Republic of Texas
Galveston Island, for centuries a crossroads for Indians, privateers, Spanish and French explorers, for a time was capital of the Republic of Texas. This was during the Texas War for Independence, when Santa Anna was making his 1836 invasion. On . . . — Map (db m36130) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7470 — Galveston Island
Few spots have played a more exciting role in the life of Texas than Galveston Island. Cabeza de Vaca, the Spanish explorer, wrote of the cannibalistic Karankawa Indians when he was shipwrecked here in 1528. The island became headquarters for . . . — Map (db m70785) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7471 — Galveston Medical College(originally located one mile west)
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 . . . — Map (db m87301) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7473 — Galveston Office of the National Weather Service
First weather service office in Texas, and one of first in the United States; established April 19, 1871, slightly over a year after Congress passed an act in Feb. 1870 creating the Public Weather Service of the United States under the Army Signal . . . — Map (db m56267) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 1826 — Galveston Orphans Home
The Island City Orphans Home of the 1870s and 1880s was created to provide refuge for Protestant and Jewish children in Galveston. The orphanage operated out of its original wooden structure for the next twelve years, narrowly escaping destruction . . . — Map (db m103074) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Galveston Seawall and Grade RaisingNational Historic Civil Engineering Landmark — American Society of Civil Engineers 1852
Following the hurricane of 1900, the greatest natural disaster of U.S. history, with the loss of 6,000 lives, civil engineers designed and built a concrete seawall and raised the elevation of Galveston Island, using pioneering materials and methods, . . . — Map (db m90439) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Galveston World War I Honor Roll
1917   Honor Roll   1918 We with uncovered head salute the sacred dead who went and who return not. McDonald, Margaret • Astal, Douglas N. • Berg, George • Bone, Albert R. • Brown, William H. • Burke, C.T. • Carrague, Michael T. • . . . — Map (db m90705) WM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7459 — Galveston, C. S. A.
Most important Texas seaport during the Civil War. Had consulates of England, France and Spain and worldwide recognition as a cotton exporter. Set up defenses including 10 mud forts and gun batteries on beaches, at railroad depot and on Pelican . . . — Map (db m59397) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7183 — General Sidney Sherman
Born in Massachusetts July 26. 1805. Came to Texas February 1836 as captain of a company of volunteers he had recruited in Kentucky and Ohio. Commanded the second regiment of volunteers at San Jacinto. First to sound the immortal war cry opening the . . . — Map (db m49823) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 278 — George Campbell Childress(January 8, 1804 - October 6, 1841)
Born into a prominent Nashville, Tennessee, family, George Campbell Childress attended Davidson Academy (later the University of Nashville). He was admitted to the bar in 1828, the same year he married Margaret Vance. She died in 1835, soon after . . . — Map (db m50006) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7428 — George Dealey(Jan. 20, 1829 - March 31, 1891)
Born in Liverpool, England, George Dealey moved to Galveston in 1870 with his wife, Mary Ann (Nellins) Dealey (1829-1913), and their nine children. Dealey was a deeply religious man, who engaged in many charitable activities. In 1878 he persuaded . . . — Map (db m87269) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7453 — George Fox House
Shortly after the Civil War George Fox (d. 1906) joined his father's Galveston bakery, established in 1837. A successful merchant by the turn of the century, Fox built this home for his wife Elizabeth (Benison) and family about 1903. It probably . . . — Map (db m59379) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7477 — Grace Episcopal Church
Founded 1874 as a mission of Trinity Church. In 1876 became an independent parish under the Rev. Jeremiah Ward, Rector. Dedicated in 1895 by Bishop G. H. Kinsolving, the building was made possible by a bequest from civic leader Henry Rosenberg. . . . — Map (db m56226) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7480 — Gulf, Colorado,& Santa Fe Railway Company
In 1874 Galveston County voters narrowly approved $500,000 in bonds to finance construction of a railroad line from the city of Galveston that would bypass Houston, its business rival, and reach across Texas and beyond to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Henry . . . — Map (db m59386) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7482 — Hagemann-Cobb House
This elaborate Italianate-Queen Anne style house was built in 1892 by Galveston grocer John Hagemann and his wife Jerusha. In 1932 the home was purchased by Thomas and Laura Ella Cobb. A city health inspector, Cobb was the head of the local Brewer's . . . — Map (db m56209) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Hendley Row1859
The Firm of William Hendley & Co. was founded in 1845. The partnership consisted of William Hendley, Capt. Joseph J. Hendley, John L. Sleight, and Phillip Gildersleeve. This firm, with Brower and Neilson of New York, started the "Texas and New . . . — Map (db m119195) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7487 — Hendley's Row
The commercial house of William Hendley & Co. was established in 1845 by William Hendley (1798-1873), his brother Joseph J. Hendley (d. 1887), John L. Sleight (1810-73), and Phillip Gildersleeve (1819-53). At the same time, they started the Texas . . . — Map (db m65072) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7494 — Hotel Galvez
Built at a cost of $1,000,000, this hotel was financed by local businessmen and public subscribers to help the economy of Galveston following the 1900 hurricane. Completed in 1911, it was designed by the St. Louis firm of Mauran and Russell. The . . . — Map (db m35925) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 14875 — Hutchings House
John Henry Hutchings was born in North Carolina in 1822. After living in New Orleans for several years, he moved to Galveston in 1845. Two years later he entered into a partnership with John Sealy to sell dry goods in Sabine Pass. They returned to . . . — Map (db m56275) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7495 — Hutchings House
Erected in 1856 for businessman John Henry Hutchings and his new wife Minnie (Knox), this structure was designed to resemble an Italian villa. It was damaged in an 1885 storm, and noted architect Nicholas Clayton did the extensive repair and . . . — Map (db m56276) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Hutchings, Sealy & Co.1897
This impressive building contains grey and pink granite, red Texas sandstone, and buff colored terra cotta. Designed in the Neo-Renaissance style by Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton, it was built in 1895 for the banking firm of Ball, . . . — Map (db m119197) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7496 — Hutchings, Sealy & Co. Buildings
Four decades after joining in partnership, George Ball, John Henry Hutchings, and John Sealy employed prominent Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton to design office buildings for their Ball, Hutchings & Co. commission and banking operations. . . . — Map (db m70556) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Jack Johnson
Galveston native Arthur John "Jack" Johnson (1878-1946) was the first African American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He grew up in Galveston's East End and honed his fighting skills working on the wharves. During the 1900 storm, Johnson helped . . . — Map (db m77380) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — James Love(1795-1874)
A veteran of the War of 1812, James Love, a lawyer, came to Texas in 1837 with his wife Lucy (Ballinger). He helped found Galveston, and was a political ally of Mirabeau b. Lamar. Love served as a delegate to the 1845 Annexation Convention, judge of . . . — Map (db m50031) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Jean Lafitte
Notorious pirate. Settled here in 1817 with his buccaneers and ships; under Mexican flag, continued his forays against Spanish shipping in the Gulf. On this site, he built his home, Maison Rouge (Red House), which was part of his fort; and upper . . . — Map (db m30447) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7525 — John Bankhead Magruder(August 15, 1810 - February 19, 1871)
Virginia native John Bankhead Magruder graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1830. For meritorious service in the Mexican War (1846-48) Magruder was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He later resigned from the U.S. Army to join the . . . — Map (db m50047) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7168 — Julius H. Ruhl Residence
A native of Prussia, Julius H. Ruhl came to Galveston in 1872. He served as cashier and clerk for the mercantile firm of Kauffman & Runge until his death in 1882. This home, which Ruhl had constructed in 1874-75, remained in his family until 1962. . . . — Map (db m57449) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Juneteenth
Commemorated annually on June 19th, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Sep. 22, 1862, announced, "That on the 1st day of January. A.D. . . . — Map (db m77163) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Karankawa Campsite
In this area is one of several known Karankawa campsites or burial grounds. Now extinct, the nomadic Indians lived along the Texas coast, depending on the Gulf for survival. In 1528 they aided Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca, but resisted all . . . — Map (db m30451) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7509 — Lafitte's Grove
Fort and settlement established here in 1817 by the freebooter Jean Lafitte who maintained headquarters here while preying on shipping in the Gulf of Mexico. The Battle of the Three Trees was fought here between Lafitte's men and Karankawa . . . — Map (db m87726) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7511 — Landes-McDonough House
Confederate veteran and capitalist Henry A. Landes (1844-1919) had this house built in 1887-88. Designed by prominent architects George E. Dickey of Houston and D. A. Helmich, the house reportedly provided refuge to some 200 people during the . . . — Map (db m50048) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7512 — Lasker Home for Children
This two-story galleried Greek revival residence was built about 1870 by Galveston attorney Marcus C. McLemore (d. 1898). The Society for the Help of Homeless Children bought the home in 1901 for use as a charitable center. It was enlarged in 1912 . . . — Map (db m65178) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7493 — Lent Munson Hitchcock(October 15, 1816 - February 27, 1869)
A sea captain's son who became a sailor at the age of 14, Lent Munson Hitchcock left his native Connecticut and joined the Texas Navy about 1836. Seafaring duties brought him to Galveston in 1837 where he later served as harbor master, city . . . — Map (db m50049) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7515 — Leon & H. Blum Co. Building
A young Alsatian immigrant, Leon Blum (1836-1906), joined his brother Alexander in a business partnership in Richmond, Texas, about 1852. The company, A.Blum & Bro., moved to Galveston in 1859. The new firm of Leon & H. Blum was founded late in . . . — Map (db m65088) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Lt. Commander Edward Lea(1837-1863)
Maryland-born Edward Lea Graduated From the U.S. Naval Academy in 1855. At the onset of the Civil War, his father, Albert, unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to join the Confederacy. Edward became First Officer on the U.S.S. Harriet Lane. . . . — Map (db m49993) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7526 — Mallory-Produce Building
Originally built after 1877, this structure was rebuilt after an 1881 fire. Although owned at the time by D.D. Mallory of Baltimore, it was occupied by wholesale grocers Moore, Stratton & Co. and other businesses. It was known throughout much of the . . . — Map (db m65060) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Mardi Gras in Galveston
Mardi Gras was born out of a fifteenth-century European masquerade ball tradition, where guests would wear extravagant costumes and masks to conceal their identities. The first Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston occurred in 1867 at Turner Hall, . . . — Map (db m118991) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7533 — Maud Moller House
Built in the mid-1890s, this late Victorian home was owned by Maud J.H. Moller from about 1895 until 1911. She and her husband, Jens, were prominent in Galveston business and political circles. Cotton exporter and Swiss Consul Ulrich Muller resided . . . — Map (db m59399) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Mitchell Street
Twenty-fourth Street is renamed to honor George and Cynthia Mitchell, who catalyzed the renaissance of the Strand Historic District. George Mitchell was born on the island in 1919 to Greek immigrants Mike and Katina Mitchell (born Savvas . . . — Map (db m119198) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina
A bivouac in late 1816 and early 1817 for an oddly mixed group of soldiers from many nations joined in the common purpose of freeing Mexico from Spain. Under two spirited leaders-- Mina (1789-1817), an impetuous young Spanish general, and Aury . . . — Map (db m30446) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 8235 — Nicholas J. Clayton(November 1, 1839 - December 9, 1916)
A native of Ireland, Nicholas Joseph Clayton emigrated to Ohio with his widowed mother in the early 1840s. After serving in the Union navy during the Civil War, he joined the Memphis architectural firm of Jones and Baldwin. In 1872 he was sent to . . . — Map (db m70567) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 12625 — Norris Wright Cuney(1846-1898)
Born a slave on the Waller County plantation of his father, Philip Cuney, Norris Wright Cuney was sent to Wyle Street School in Pennsylvania for an early education. At the age of seventeen he moved to St. Louis and found employment on Mississippi . . . — Map (db m118255) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7541 — Open Gates
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Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7540 — Original Oleander Planting in Galveston
Brought from Jamaica, 1841, by local businessman Joseph Osterman; planted by Osterman's sister, Mrs. Isidore Dyer, in yard of her home at this location. Transplanted when new structure was placed here, 1939, this oleander is an outgrowth of original . . . — Map (db m57333) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7175 — Original Site of St. Mary's Orphan Asylum
Children orphaned by a yellow fever epidemic in 1867 were cared for temporarily in Galveston's St. Mary's Infirmary by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. In 1874 Galveston Bishop Claude Dubuis bought the 35-acre plantation and home . . . — Map (db m117416) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 15133 — Peter Leroy Colombo(December 23, 1905 - July 12, 1974)
Born in Galveston, Peter Leroy Colombo overcame disabilities to become a highly accomplished lifeguard. Born in 1905, Colombo lost his hearing, speech and use of his legs at the age of seven, due to meningitis. His brothers took him to the Texas . . . — Map (db m90256) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Pix Building
Charles Hodgeson Pix was a member of a Texas pioneer family that came to Galveston from England in 1838. He was one of the early English merchants in Galveston who were importers of English goods direct from London. He began business at #6 Strand . . . — Map (db m118999) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Powell Arch
The festive arches gracing Galveston's historic Strand District are part of an imaginative civic design project undertaken in 1985 and based on temporary decorative arches constructed in 1881, when the City of Galveston hosted Saengerfest, a . . . — Map (db m118989) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7546 — Powhatan House
Early Galveston hotel; built 1847 by John Seabrook Sydnor, Galveston mayor 1846-1847. Greek revival architecture; Doric columns from Maine. Has served as orphanage, military academy, residence, and set for a motion picture. Now Galveston . . . — Map (db m56233) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 8236 — Rabbi Henry Cohen(1863-1952)
Called the "First Citizen of Texas" by U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, Rabbi Henry Cohen, an internationally known humanitarian, was born in London, England. He came to Galveston in 1888 as spiritual leader of congregation B'Nai Israel and . . . — Map (db m118254) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Reconstruction to 1900
The revival of the economic, political, social and religious institutions in Galveston County following the Civil War, was more rapid than anywhere in the south. Galveston emerged as the largest city in Texas and with its natural seaport, became . . . — Map (db m118300) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7548 — Reedy Chapel A. M. E. Church
This structure, erected during the pastorate of the Rev. J.E. Edwards, replaced the first Reedy Chapel Church on this site, destroyed by the 1885 Galveston fire. Contractor E.F. Campbell began construction in 1886. Four storms hit the island that . . . — Map (db m68579) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church
Trustees of the Methodist Church purchased this lot in 1848 as a worship site for Black slaves. Meetings were held outdoors until a building was erected in 1863. At the end of the Civil War (1865), ownership of the property was transferred to the . . . — Map (db m63531) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Rice, Baulard & Company Building
The three row buildings at 213-217 Tremont, their exteriors now restored, were constructed in 1870 by Rice, Baulard & Company, a major supplier of paints, oils, varnish and window glass in Texas and Louisiana in the 1800's. Victor Baulard . . . — Map (db m118998) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Rosewood Cemetery
Galveston's first African American cemetery 1911-1944 Site donated to Galveston Historical Foundation by John and Judy Saracco, 2006 Listed as a historical burial ground by the Texas Historical Commission — Map (db m4833) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7170 — Sacred Heart Church
The earliest Catholic services in the Galveston area were conducted in 1838. In 1884, as a result of the church's growth under the direction of such leaders as Bishop J.M. Odin, the Galveston Diocese established Sacred Heart as the fourth church on . . . — Map (db m51266) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Saengerfest Park
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 . . . — Map (db m118988) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11594 — Samuel May Williams(1795 - 1858)
Born the son of a ship captain in Rhode Island, Samuel Williams was apprenticed to his uncle in Baltimore after 1810 to learn business skills. After 1816 he lived in Buenos Aires, where he learned Spanish and its related culture. By 1819 he was . . . — Map (db m58097) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7178 — Santa Fe Union Station
The south half of this building was constructed in 1913 to serve as a central passenger station for Galveston's railway system and to house the general offices of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad's Gulf lines. In 1932 an 11-story tower and . . . — Map (db m59380) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7180 — Scottish Rite Masonryin Texas
Born in 1867 in Galveston. One of major systems of celebrated Masonic fraternal organization. Philip C. Tucker, the Deputy Inspector General of the Masons, read charter establishing "San Felipe Lodge of Perfection." It was named after San . . . — Map (db m51248) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7476 — Site of Galveston Seminary
Built by Reverend John McCullough in 1849. Patterned after private Presbyterian schools in historic Chester County, Pennsylvania. The institution was a landmark in pioneer Texas education. Eminently suited for the purpose, the school compound . . . — Map (db m51233) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7530 — Site of the Home of Michel Branamour Menard1805 - 1856
A signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Founder of the city of Galveston. Member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas. — Map (db m58099) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Site of Ursuline Convent and Academy
Seven nuns of the Ursuline order from New Orleans arrived in Galveston on January 19, 1847, sent at the request of Bishop Jean Marie Odin. By February 1847 the nuns established a convent and academy in the two-story former home of Judge James W. . . . — Map (db m50011) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11566 — Sonnentheil Home
Built in 1886-87 for German native Jacob Sonnentheil (d. 1908), this home probably was designed by prominent Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton. Sonnentheil served with the Confederacy during the Civil War and operated a wholesale dry goods . . . — Map (db m57408) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Building2202-2206 Church Street — Built in 1896
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by The United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m119000) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 14117 — St. Joseph's Church
In the 1840s and 1850s, Galveston was a major point of entry for German immigrants. Bishop John M. Odin recommended construction of this church in 1859-60 for the German Catholic population. Joseph Bleicke, a German-born carpenter, built the frame . . . — Map (db m57330) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7172 — St. Mary's Cathedral
City's oldest surviving church. Built 1847 by the most Rev. John M. Odin, C. M., Early missionary, and first bishop of Texas. Gift of half a million bricks from Antwerp, Belgium, made structure possible. Gothic cathedral is preserved in original . . . — Map (db m58071) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — St. Mary's Cathedral
The cornerstone for St. Mary’s Cathedral was laid in 1847, the same year that the Catholic Diocese of Galveston – which included all of Texas – was established. Father J.M. Odin, the first Bishop of Galveston, traveled to Europe and . . . — Map (db m118950) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7173 — St. Mary's Hospital
Organized in 1866, this institution was the first private hospital established in the state. Originally known as Charity Hospital, it was founded by three French Catholic Sisters, members in the Order of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. . . . — Map (db m50051) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7176 — St. Patrick Catholic Church
Galveston Bishop C.M. Dubus established this parish in 1870 to serve Catholics in Galveston Island's fast-growing west end district. A wood sanctuary was built at this site and the mostly Irish congregation named the church for St. Patrick, the . . . — Map (db m52833) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11571 — Sweeney-Royston House
James Moreau Brown (1821-1895), builder of Ashton Villa, erected this home in 1885 as a wedding gift for his daughter Matilda (1865-1926) and her husband Thomas Sweeney (d. 1905). Attributed to architect Nicholas J. Clayton, the Victorian cottage . . . — Map (db m58016) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11573 — Texas Bar Association
Independent lawyers and representatives from 46 Texas law firms called a meeting in 1882 to create a statewide association. They organized the Texas Bar Association at the Electric Pavilion in Galveston (south of this site) on July 15. J.H. . . . — Map (db m50052) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Texas Revolution and Civil War
Following Laffite's expulsion from Galveston, settlers from the West Indies began to arrive. Within a few years, Galveston became principal port to the Republic of Texas. Galveston was declared a Port of Entry in 1825 by Mexico and a customs . . . — Map (db m50097) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11579 — Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution
In 1889, during the Centennial of the inauguration of George Washington as first President of the United States, a group of Revolutionary War soldiers' descendants gathered in New York to form a society to promote awareness of the Revolutionary War . . . — Map (db m60471) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Birds of GalvestonNature at the Beach
Galveston is a narrow barrier island that hugs the upper Texas coast. This slender sliver of sand and beach hosts a precious diversity of wildlife, especially birds. Sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, waterfowl, gulls, terns, hawks, falcons, . . . — Map (db m90649)
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Bishop's Palace
Built, 1886-1893, by Col. Walter Gresham, civic leader and U.S. Congressman. Nicholas J. Clayton was architect. One of the most lavish and massive homes in U.S., house is a Victorian adaptation of renaissance style. Silver and onyx mantel in . . . — Map (db m55633) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 8239 — The Cottage
Built about 1882 by cotton buyer Bernard Roensch. Late Greek revival architecture with high Victorian detail in gingerbread trim, ornate tower, stained glass panels and transoms, slate mantels, fine staircase. Has survived many storms. . . . — Map (db m65059) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Eugenia & George Sealy Pavilion
Service to the community by the late George Sealy (1880-1944), Galveston financier and civic leader, and his wife Eugenia (1901-1987) was commemorated by the dedication of this pavilion in their memory. The pavilion is a gift to the people of . . . — Map (db m56212) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Galveston Movement
By the late 1800's, thousands of Jews began fleeing their homes in Russia and Eastern Europe to escape anti-Semitic policies and violent pogroms. Many immigrated to the U.S., establishing communities in New York City and elsewhere along the East . . . — Map (db m57364) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Hendley Building
Built 1855-1859. First commercial building in Galveston. Housed the first headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston Engineer Office, established February 25, 1880. From these offices, the first District Engineer, Maj. Samuel M. . . . — Map (db m119196) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7497 — The Italian Vault
Attracted by economic opportunities to be found here, a large number of Italian immigrants came to Galveston in the 19th century. In 1876, they formed the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society (Societa' Italiana di Mutuo Soccorso) to provide assistance . . . — Map (db m49842) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Moody Home
Family residence, W.L. Moody, Jr, built about 1894, and for many years home of Mr. Moody, prominent financier and philanthropist who established the Moody Foundation. Late Victorian architecture, said to have been Texas residence built on steel . . . — Map (db m52697) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7167 — The Rosenberg Library
The oldest free public library in continuous operation in Texas. Established and endowed in 1900 by the will of Henry Rosenberg (1824-1893), a native of Switzerland who came to Galveston in 1843 and achieved prominence as a banker and merchant. In . . . — Map (db m51254) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7507 — The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin(July 1, 1872 - January 24, 1926)
A native of Circleville, Ohio, young Catholic priest James Martin Kirwin arrived in Galveston in 1896. He was soon appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Galveston by Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher. As rector of St. Mary's Cathedral, Father . . . — Map (db m50050) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 268 — The Rt. Rev. Monsignor Marius Etienne Chataignon(September 17, 1886 - November 18, 1957)
A native of France, Marius Etienne Chataignon served in the French army before coming to the United States in 1907. He came to Texas in 1910 to attend St. Mary's Seminary in La Porte. After his ordination, he was appointed assistant pastor at St. . . . — Map (db m49821) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11568 — The Stewart Building
Julius Kauffman (1856-1935) and Julius Runge (1851-1906), second generation owners of a commission firm established in 1842, had architect Eugene T. Heiner design this renaissance revival building in the north Italian mode. Contractor Robert . . . — Map (db m58102) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Texas Navy
1836 - 1845 In commemoration of The Texas Navy that played heroic part in the struggle of the Texas Republic and made headquarters at the port of Galveston Erected by the Texas Society Daughters of the American . . . — Map (db m90704) WM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — The Tremont Houses
The present Tremont House is the third Galveston hotel to bear the name. The island's first Tremont House was built by the firm of McKinney and Williams in 1839 on the southwest corner of Postoffice and Tremont Streets. An impressive two-story . . . — Map (db m117389) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 270 — The Wilbur Cherry House
New York native Wilbur Cherry (1819-1873), a veteran of the Texas Revolution, had this two-story home built about 1852. A pioneer Texas newspaperman, Cherry had earlier helped establish a local paper, now the Galveston Daily News. His residence, one . . . — Map (db m50067) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Thomas Jefferson League Building1871
Thomas Jefferson League (1834-74) had this building constructed in 1871, putting the final touches on the structure when a new galvanized iron cornice was installed on October 8, 1872, after a storm damaged the new building at the corner of . . . — Map (db m119199) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7500 — Thomas Joseph(Feb. 11, 1823 - Mar. 10, 1905)
Born in Hartford, Conn., Thomas Miller Joseph came to Galveston about 1841 with his mother Annis (Rogers) (d. 1879) and the family of his Uncle Alexander Edgar. Admitted to the bar, he became a Democratic Party leader, serving as chief justice . . . — Map (db m50055) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11580 — Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church
Erected 1855-1857 for third episcopal mission in Republic of Texas. Established Feb. 6, 1841, by the Rev. Benjamin Eaton, rector from 1841 to 1871, who is buried beneath the sanctuary. First service held Nov. 1, 1857. Here Rev. Alexander Gregg . . . — Map (db m58014) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11581 — Trube House
This Danish castle-inspired home was built in 1890 by John Clement Trube, who came in his youth from Kiel, Denmark. His architect was Alfred Muller. A successful businessman, Trube married Veronica Durst, an heir of early Texan Peter Durst: . . . — Map (db m57443) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11582 — Trueheart-Adriance Building
Designed in neo-renaissance, high Victorian style by Nicholas J. Clayton, noted architect, for H.M. Trueheart & Co., first chartered realty firm in Texas, founded by John O. Trueheart in 1857. H.M. Trueheart joined his father in 1866, admitted . . . — Map (db m60502) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — United States National Bank Building1925
The United States National Bank started in 1874 when the Island City Savings Bank was established with a charter to operate for 50 years. In 1887 the bank was failing and called on Mr. Harris Kempner to help out the financial crisis. Mr. Kempner . . . — Map (db m119201) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Ursuline Convent in the Civil War
Before the Confederate recapture of Galveston on January 1, 1863, the nuns of this monastery declined the evacuation offer. During and after the battle the east wing was used as a hospital for treatment of the wounded from both sides. Young . . . — Map (db m51263) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Victor Gustafson Home
This raised one-story cottage originally was located at 620 Market Street. Before the property was purchased by Victor Gustafson in 1895, it had belonged to Swiss immigrant Henry Rosenburg, who is remembered as a prominent businessman and public . . . — Map (db m51298) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — Washington Hotel1873
In 1873 John Parker Davie had erected on this corner a four-story sixty-room hotel. Originally the Cosmopolitan, it was renamed the Washington the year after the famous old Washington Hotel at 21st and Mechanic Street burned down in the fire of . . . — Map (db m119001) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — West Galveston Island
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 . . . — Map (db m70149) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 7506 — William J. Killeen House
A bookkeeper for the Texas Cooperative Association, William J. Killeen built this residence about 1886. His family continued to live here following his death the same year. In 1899 the house was purchased by Dr. John Thomas Moore (1863-1951). A . . . — Map (db m59414) HM
Texas (Galveston County), Galveston — 11596 — Williams-Tucker House, 1837-40
Built by Samuel May Williams, a founder of Galveston, secretary to Stephen F. Austin, postmaster and land agent of Austin colony. Organized first Texas bank, was father of Texas navy and shipping industry. As envoy to the U. S., failed to get loan . . . — Map (db m58098) HM

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