I went to Galveston in 2012 as part of my tour of the Southern States of America & stayed for a couple of nights at Galveston Island. It was one of my favourite places & I would like to visit it again one day. Whilst there we went on a small tram ride & were shown lots of the beautiful buildings but the thing I remember are the old tree stumps that have been carved in to different figures. Many of the trees in Galveston where destroyed in a storm and rather than uproot the stumps many of the homeowners have had them carved into animals or objects & they looked great. Many of the beautiful houses that were destroyed in hurricanes or in storms have also been restored to their original condition making this a beautiful place to look around.
Galveston is a coastal city located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in Texas. Named after Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez (born in Málaga, Spain), Galveston's first European settlements on the island were constructed around 1816 by French pirate Louis-Michel Aury to help the fledgling Republic of Mexico fight Spain. The Port of Galveston was established in 1825 by the Congress of Mexico following its successful independence from Spain. The city served as the main port for the Texas Navy during the Texas Revolution, and later served as the capital of the Republic of Texas.
During the 19th century, Galveston became a major US commercial centre & one of the largest ports in the United States. It was devastated by the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, whose effects included flooding and a storm surge. The natural disaster on the exposed barrier island is still ranked as the deadliest in United States history, with an estimated toll of 6,000 to 8,000 people.
Much of Galveston's modern economy is centered in the tourism, health care, shipping, and financial industries. The 84 acre, University of Texas Medical Branch campus, with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students is a major economic force of the city. Galveston is home to six historic districts containing one of the largest and historically significant collections of 19th century buildings with over 60 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places.