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Galveston Texas : Seafood Industry, Railroad Museum and More!

Posted: May 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Visiting Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas has saltwater breezes and sun-drenched beaches. It lures visitors from near and far.  Seagulls fill the air with their feathered flight.  The ever-present seabirds also sit on the beaches watching the continual Gulf of Mexico waters coursing into the shoreline.  Their unique cries punctuate the lapping of the waves plus the laughter and sounds of people playing on the beaches.

Seagulls Source: GJThomson [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Seagulls Source: GJThomson [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Shrimping and Fishing

Seagulls also follow shrimp boats and other fishing watercraft in Galveston.  They hope to be able to swoop down and grab a quick bite to eat.  The large array of shrimp boats is evidence of a thriving shrimping industry in this gulf coast city.  There are also many other types of fishing done, whether on land or out in the open waters.  Some people fish to provide family meals and others fish for sport.  Harvesting crabs and oysters from these salty waters is another business as well as pastime.

To learn more about the Importance of Fisheries, Marshes, and Estuaries in Galveston, be sure to click on the highlighted link.

Intercoastal Canal with Shrimp Boats Source: AudreyIski [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Intercoastal Canal with Shrimp Boats Source: AudreyIski [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Surrounded by Water

As you can tell from a couple of maps inserted below, Galveston is an island that sits off of the Texas coast.  It is a barrier island helping to protect the mainland from storms surges.  Galveston is a substantial barrier island, but did you know that largest and broadest of these islands is also off the coast of Texas?  It is Padre Island that is near south Texas.

I wrote an article in 2012 telling about the Port Isabel Lighthouse with Vintage South Padre Island Pictures From the 1960s if you are interested.  The lighthouse is the only one along the Texas coast that is open to the public.  The photos are somewhat degraded but do show what it was like at that time on the island before the onslaught of real estate development.

All of these barrier islands and the mixing of fresh water with salt water in adjacent land areas is vitally important to the survival of different species of particular sea creatures as well as birds.

Galveston Island Source: (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Galveston Island Source:  (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

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Museum in Galveston

One of the museums in Galveston that draws much interest is the Galveston Railroad Museum.  Many people are railroad buffs.  Either they have worked on trains, had relatives who once earned their living doing that or they have traveled on trains and appreciate that mode of travel.  Others long for the days of what train travel used to be like in its heyday.

In the United States if you are seeking one of the five most extensive collections of train travel memorabilia be sure to check out this museum.  Click on the pink link highlighted above to see photos and learn more about this fabulous museum.  Eavesdrop on life-sized figures as they “talk” among themselves of everyday subjects just as real passengers in railway terminal stations would have done back in the 1930s.

White-clad figures in the Galveston Railroad Museum

White-clad figures in the Galveston Railroad Museum

Galveston Railroad Museum Sign

Galveston Railroad Museum Sign

More About Galveston

There are so many exciting things to learn about Galveston.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Did you know that the very first medical school in Texas was built there and still operates today as a state of the art facility?
  • There is an official flowering shrub of which this city gets its nickname.  Can you guess what it is?
  • Do you know how Galveston got its name?
  • Would you have guessed that a strikingly beautiful and historic church in Galveston has a dome patterned after the Grand Synagogue in Toledo, Spain?
  • Do you know why birders flock to this island?
  • Who wrote and sang the song about Galveston?

If you are interested in learning the answers to these questions plus even how to make a seashell wreath, click on this link: Galveston, Oh Galveston!

I think that it is about time for my hubby and me to make another trip to Galveston from Houston, soak up some of those sea breezes, and dine on some of their fresh seafood.  As often as we have visited this enticing coastal city, we have yet to take in all of the sites!  It is time to do a little more exploring!

 

 

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