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A little about Galveston

Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, top resort hotels, marvelous downtown shopping, numerous antique stores, incredible art galleries, fabulous entertainment and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. Galveston is a small romantic island tucked deep within the heart of south Texas possessing all the charm of a small southern town and just 40 minutes south of the fourth largest city in the United States. At 32 miles long and two and a half miles wide, most residents can't remember the last time they visited the mainland and, if circumstances permitted, they would never leave. From soft sandy beaches to famous 19th century architecture, the island is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty.

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The history of Galveston

Galveston Island was originally inhabited by members of the Karankawa and Akokisa tribes who called the island Auia. The Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were shipwrecked on the island or nearby in November 1528, calling it "Isla de Malhado" ("Isle of Doom"). They began their years-long trek to Spanish settlement in Mexico City. During his charting of the Gulf Coast in 1785, the Spanish explorer José de Evia named the island Gálvez-town or Gálveztown in honor of Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez. During the American Civil War, Confederate forces under Major General John B. Magruder attacked and expelled occupying Union troops from the city in January 1863 in the Battle of Galveston. In 1867 Galveston suffered a yellow fever epidemic; 1800 people died in the city. These occurred in waterfront and river cities throughout the 19th century, as did cholera epidemics.

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2228 Mechanic St #101
Galveston, Texas

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Businesses in Galveston, Texas

Here is a collection of downtown Galveston, Texas businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Affaire d'art International Fine Art Gallery


International Fine Art Gallery


Galveston Art League Gallery


The oldest art league in Texas


John Ford Jewelers


Jewelry that is uniquely yours


Coastal Dreams Bed & Breakfast


Personal attention, special touches


Coppersmith Inn


Romantic Victorian Bed and Breakfast


The Mermaid & The Dolphin


The former Texas Governors Mansion


The Villa Bed & Breakfast


A charming Mediterranean style home


Bayou Bistro


Quaint, small bar and restaurant located in Bayou Vista


La King's Confectionery


A 1920's soda fountain serving malts, shakes, ice cream sodas


Nonno Tony's World Kitchen


Italian, Asian fusion, Creole and traditional American fare


Porch Cafe


Food to be savoured


Galveston Bay Fishing Team


We have the guide for your fishing adventure


La Moda Salon and Day Spa


Offering clients a professional service in a peaceful environment


Safari Veterinary Care Center


Safari Veterinary Care Center


Big House Antiques


Investment quality American and European antiques's


Fun, affordable fashion


Hendley Market


Eccentric collection of global oddities




Nefertiti offers casual and dressy clothes for women


The Admiralty Gallery


Ocean Discoveries and much more!


The Emporium at Eibands


An impressive array of antiques and collectibles


Galveston Bay Beer Company

Winery / Brewery

12 beers on tap and love