Galveston: A History and a Guide

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Texas State Historical Association, 2000 - History - 59 pages
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This well-written history of Galveston provides an overview of the city's rich and colorful past and provides readers, researchers, and tourists with information about today's historical points of interest.

In 1900 Galveston was struck by a hurricane and flood that killed approximately six thousand people; the greatest disaster in the history of the United States. Afterward, the citizens built a seawall, raised the grade of the island, and constructed a causeway for future protection. In the first half of the twentieth century the city became noted for its illegal drinking, gambling, and prostitution.

After the Texas Rangers cleaned it up, Galveston developed into a tourist town. Historic preservation projects such as houses, buildings, museums, and the square-rigged ship Elissa completed its evolution.

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User Review  - Paige Prince - Goodreads

Very interesting read. Not a typical dry history. Bought McCombs' History of Houston and AModern History of Texas because I enjoyed this so much. Read full review


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DAVID MCCOMB grew up in Houston and is an emeritus professor of history at Colorado State University. He has written extensively about Texas history, including award-winning books on Houston and Galveston, as well as about Colorado and sports.

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