Our Galveston, TX RV Trip
May 29 - June 2, 2000
No one will ever know how many lost their lives in Galveston in the Great Storm of 1900. The best estimate is that at least six thousand perished. It was the most awesome natural disaster in our history as a nation. A major center of commerce, with a population of 40,000 at the turn of the century, Galveston was the most important seaport in Texas and poised for greatness in the new century. Then, on September 8, 1900, came a hurricane of such fury it drove an angry ocean before it, covering the island from Gulf to Bay and laying waste to the city by the sea.
We left Richmond on Monday afternoon of Memorial Day, taking Hwy 6 to Galveston.[Map]. It took us less than 2 hours to make Galveston Island. We stayed at the Bayou Shores RV Park that is just off 61st Street. They are located on the shores of Offatts Bayou and our site (C13) was about 30 feet from the waters edge. We had a good view of the boats sailing on the bayou. Since the holiday was ending as we arrived, and all the working folk were returning to their jobs, we had plenty of room to ourselves in the Park.
This was our site at Bayou Shores, looking north toward Offatts Bayou.
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Galveston is our favorite "close" place to visit. There was hardly any traffic during the week (Forget the weekends!!). The places to see are all located pretty close to each other and you can walk between many of the sites. Galveston is rich in pre-1900 history and so many old buildings and homes remain in spite of the famous 1900 Hurricane. You could easily spend two weeks here and not run out of interesting places to visit and things to do. It offers a lot more than just the beach.
We took the Bolivar Ferry across to Bolivar Island.
Located on Bolivar Island just northeast of the ferry landing is an abandoned lighthouse.
We toured the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum at 20th Street and Harborside Dr. It is a completely refurbished jackup platform and has a museum with many exhibits.
A Sampling of Galveston historic buildings.
Well, this ends our Galveston, TX RV trip. We hope you enjoyed our web page. God willing, we plan to take another short TX trip soon.
Bye for now,