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I assumed there was already an existing topic for old Galvez family/city photos? If there is please merge.

I have reprints of quite a few color pics on Stewart Beach back when they allowed cars to park there. There were several concrete ramps that allowed cars to creep slowly down below then park. These ramps have been removed or blocked since. I noticed only one thats hardly noticeable. These ramps were scary for kids. While in the car it felt like you were about to drop onto the ocean. However once you parked it was major exciting.

The very clear pics I mentioned are from 1952-53 and are neat as they show all the now classic cars of the time all lined up in a row. Brand new! In the background you can see the seawall hotels & people (bathing beauties) as it looked in 1952. Guess I better get to scanning to show. :D

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I assumed there was already an existing topic for old Galvez family/city photos? If there is please merge.

I have reprints of quite a few color pics on Stewart Beach back when they allowed cars to park there. There were several concrete ramps that allowed cars to creep slowly down below then park. These ramps have been removed or blocked since. I noticed only one thats hardly noticeable. These ramps were scary for kids. While in the car it felt like you were about to drop onto the ocean. However once you parked it was major exciting.

The very clear pics I mentioned are from 1952-53 and are neat as they show all the now classic cars of the time all lined up in a row. Brand new! In the background you can see the seawall hotels & people (bathing beauties) as it looked in 1952. Guess I better get to scanning to show. :D

There have been occasional photos posted here and there, but no large comprehensive thread of old Galveston photos.

Can't wait to see yours.

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There have been occasional photos posted here and there, but no large comprehensive thread of old Galveston photos.

Can't wait to see yours.

Working on it! There are several I have that are of real interest. Once I post I will point out.

In the far distance behind the subjects in the pic you can see how far back the seawall was. The cars/parking lot in the photos would be under water now. Thats kind of scary to think about. Erosion is really kicking in people. :blink:

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As promised here are the pics. 1956 Galveston. Cool new cars!

Be sure to note in the far background. The seawall is way back. This shows you how much beach has eroded in the last 50 years.

Mom with her best friend and her white convertible. Nothing like being single!

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As promised here are the pics. 1956 Galveston. Cool new cars!

Be sure to note in the far background. The seawall is way back. This shows you how much beach has eroded in the last 50 years.

Mom with her best friend and her white convertible. Nothing like being single!

Your mom was very pretty and I think that is a 1955 model Ford Fairlane convertible. These were great cars, lots of room, lots of power and plenty of chrome. Ahhh, they don't make 'em like they use to.

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Thats very kind of you and we are very fortunate she is still with us today ay 86.

Note: The white building in the far background is still there today.

Basically, this whole area is now under water. Kind of scary to think about isn't it? Erosion and global warming? Is Al Gore right?

Mom's dear best friend & my big sis. Both gone now.

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Back in the 1930s/1940s, my great-grandfather was a deputy constable in Galveston. Do any of you know of a place that might still have a record of him?

The Rosenberg Library in Galvez is a great start. You could spend months inside this great place (I know I could). Google will give you several links or one day just head to Galvez and visit them. Open on Sundays too. Very quiet and serene place. Shhhhh!!!

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Here are more historic photos, most of these homes/buildings were demolished.

519 15th Street –Darragh House

Built: 1889

Destroyed by Arsonist in 1990

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Original American National Insurance Building - 21st & Market

Demolished

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Sealy Mansion - 5310 Seawall Boulevard

Built: 1931

Demolished: 2001, for rainforest cafe

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Buccaneer Hotel – 2228 Seawall Boulevard

Built: 1929

Demolished: 2000, edgewater retirement community now sits on the site.

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Crystal Palace - 2302 Seawall Boulevard, whole block

Built: 1916, was across the street from Buccaneer Hotel

Demolished

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Heidenheimer Castle – 1604 Sealy

Built:1885

Burned, demolished in 1974. Townhomes now sit on the site.

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Bath Avenue Free School - 25th and Avenue P

Built: unknown

Demolished: 1900, abandoned grocery store now sits on the site.

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Masonic Lodge – 2027 Postoffice

Built:1882

Burned in 1966, site is now a parking lot.

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Gill Building and other buildings - 20th and 21st Street

Demolished, parking lot as of now.

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Charles Fowler Residence – 2502 Broadway

Built:1894

Demolished:1948, car wash now.

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Improvement Trust and Loan Company Building - 2228 Postoffice

Built: Unknown

Demolished, antique store sits in its place.

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Toujouse Building or Stag Hotel - 2302 Postoffice

Built: Unknown

Demolished, now Moody National Bank

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Breakers Bath House - 2315 Seawall Blvd

Built: Unknown

Demolished.

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1804 Ball

Built:1887

Demolished:1967, now apartments on the site.

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Allen Lewis House – Built at 25th and Broadway, moved to 2328 Winnie in 1870’s

Built:1840

Demolished:1948, now used as parking lot

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Galveston County Court House - NE corner 20th and Ball Avenue

Built:1897-99

Demolished:1966, now Galveston County Tax Office on the site.

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Herman Marwitz House – 801 Twenty-second Street

Built:1893

Demolished:1969, site is now a Basketball court and First Baptist Church

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John Wolston House – 1705 35th Street

Built:1859

Demolished:1936, now apartments

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M. L. Moody House – 1302 Tremont Street

Built:1860

Demolished:1941, now O'Connell High School

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Ursuline Convent – Avenue N at 25th Street

Built:1858

Demolished:1980, now playground for catholicschool

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Morris Lasker House – 1718-26 Broadway

Built:1889

Demolished:1967, condos now sit on the site

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Harris Kempner House – 1528 Sealy

Built:1883

Demolished:1963, three homes now sit on the site

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John Sealy House – 822 Tremont

Built:1869

Demolished:1956, now First Baptist church

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Seinsheimer House – 2425 Avenue K

Built:1849

Demolished, now office building

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Galveston County Jail – 1622-28 Avenue A

Built: 1914

Demolished:1965

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More pics and other buildings here

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Regarding the Bath Avenue Free School photo (25th and P) ... part of the foundation of that building was incorporated into the building currently on the site. The cornerstone is visible on the northwest side of the building.

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Bath Avenue Free School - 25th and Avenue P

Built: unknown

Demolished: 1900, abandoned grocery store now sits on the site.

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Beach erosion, the loss of sand deposits, is an ongoing natural process. Fortunately, the periodic dredging needed to maintain the depth of the Houston Ship Channel provides an ample amount of sand that can be used to offset beach erosion and in many cases, expand existing beaches. Sea level rise due to climate change is a more difficult problem to solve.

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