Photo Blog: Galveston Texas

January 15, 2024
Aerial Galveston Pleasure Pier at Sunset - We captured the iconic Galveston Pleasure pier in an aerial at sunset. The sky was...
Aerial Galveston Pleasure Pier at Sunset

Aerial Galveston Pleasure Pier at Sunset - We captured the iconic Galveston Pleasure pier in an aerial at sunset. The sky was just beginning to light up the cloudsover the pier as we took off. When you come to visit Galveston Texas you must come to see the pier as it is one of the highlights for the city. The historic Pleasure Pier was in the same location as today from 1943 till 1961 when hurricane Carla destroyed it and after that a hotel called the Flagship was put on the pier till it was destroyed by hurricane Ike in 2008, they brought back the amusement park and it is certainly a big tourist attraction for the city. We were there and it was so cold the wind never let us forget how cold, but even with cold temps the Pleasure Pier after sunset seem to stay very busy till closing. This is a Galveston landmark and probably the most visited sites along the 10.3 mile sea wall.

Galveston Fun Pier -  We took this photo of the Pleasure Pier from the beach with some nice sky and clouds. This amusement park...
Galveston Fun Pier

Galveston Fun Pier - We took this photo of the Pleasure Pier from the beach with some nice sky and clouds. This amusement park has now become a staple of what to expect when you come to Galveston Island. The Pleasure Pier came about after a storm damaged the Flag Ship Hotel which stood on this site and had to be torn down, but the pier remained so it was an excellent place to put this amusement park, plus it gives some great views from the ferris wheel.

Moon Rising Over Pleasure Pier - We were off taking other images when we saw the almost full moon coming up so we rushed back...
Moon Rising Over Pleasure Pier

Moon Rising Over Pleasure Pier - We were off taking other images when we saw the almost full moon coming up so we rushed back over to the Pleasure Pier to capture this night image. We captured the iconic Galveston Pleasure pier at night in this image with the moon. The colorful ferris wheel and other amusement rides had some nice pops of color for the late night capture. When you come to visit Galveston Texas you must come to see the pier as it is one of the highlights for the city. The historic Pleasure Pier was in the same location as today from 1943 till 1961 when hurricane Carla destroyed it and after that a hotel called the Flagship was put on the pier till it was destroyed by hurricane Ike in 2008, they brought back the amusement park and it is certainly a big tourist attraction for the city. We were there and it was so cold the wind never let us forget how cold, but even with cold temps the Pleasure Pier was active with people riding rides which seem to stay very busy both day and night. This is a Galveston landmark and probably the most visited sites along the 10.3 mile sea wall.

The Moody Mansion Galveston TX -  The Moody Mansion, also known as the Willis-Moody Mansion, is a historic residential building...
The Moody Mansion Galveston TX

The Moody Mansion Galveston TX - The Moody Mansion, also known as the Willis-Moody Mansion, is a historic residential building in Galveston, Texas located at 2618 Broadway Avenue. The thirty-one room Romanesque mansion was completed in 1895. The home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior since 1994 and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark since 1967. The Moody's established one of the great American financial empires. Based on cotton, it grew to include banking, ranching, insurance, newspaper publishing, railroading and hotels. Today you can tour the Moody Mansion located on Broadway to get a feet or what it was like in the past.

Galveston Bishops Palace -  This Victorian-style house was built for the Gresham around 1893 and with stood the hurrican of the...
Galveston Bishops Palace

Galveston Bishops Palace - This Victorian-style house was built for the Gresham around 1893 and with stood the hurrican of the 1900s and is a landmark for the city. It is located on Broadway and 14th Street in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Texas. The Greshams evidually sold it the catholic church to house the Biishop Christopher Byrne but when the center was moved to Houston they open it up to the public and procedes go to help students at UT Medical School. Now the house is owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Also in available in bw.

Galveston Sacred Heart Church - The Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a stunning architecture creation, which was built in 1884...
Galveston Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Galveston Sacred Heart Church - The Sacred Heart Catholic Church is a stunning architecture creation, which was built in 1884. The church is lovely feat of architecture however it did not survive the hurricane of 1900 and had to be rebuilt and today it is still one of the most impressive churches in the city of Galveston Texas. The Sacred Heart was re-built in 1904, with octagonal towers, flying buttresses and elaborate ornamentation combining to create a truly magnificent place of worship. It was designated as an official Texas historical landmark in 1981.

Galvez Hotel on Galveston Island Pano - The Galvez hotel was built in 1911 a few year after the sea wall was added after the...
Galvez Hotel on Galveston Island Pano

Galvez Hotel on Galveston Island Pano - The Galvez hotel was built in 1911 a few year after the sea wall was added after the hurricane of 1900 which devastated the island. They did have another hurricane in 1915 but the damage was much less due to the addition of the sea wall.The Galvez hotel is a Galveston landmark and a major destination for the city in this two to one panorama. The Galvez was added to the list of Historic Hotels of America in 1994 and remains an elegant, vibrant destination for travelers from around the world. The hotel was purchased by W.L. Moody, Jr. in 1940, it would serve as a five-star living and working facility of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Following a two-year period during which rooms were not rented to tourists, the hotel re-emerged as a hub for the gambling industry that flourished on the island in the 1940s through the mid ‘50s. Many important people such as LBJ, Rosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower stay at the Galvez along with many celeberties such Jimmy Stewart, Frank Sinatra, and Howard Hughes. The hotel and the city of Galveston are both named for American Revolutionary War hero Bernardo de Galvez. Galvez who lived from 1746 to 1786, never came to the island he was given an honory citizenship after he led Spanish forces against Britain. In the past the Galvez Hotel was referred to as the “Queen of the Gulf.” This a two to one panorama inorder to see the whole hotel.

Giados Giant Grab - Giados Seafood restaurant in Galveston has had this oversized blue crab sitting on top of the restaurant....
Giados Giant Grab

Giados Giant Grab - Giados Seafood restaurant in Galveston has had this oversized blue crab sitting on top of the restaurant. The saying on the sign says "Caught in Galveston Bay Served at Giados Famos Seafood Restaurant" so of course I was afraid of the water as a child. I thought wow if they have crabs that size I better not get in the water. It took a bit to be reasured that crabs didn't grow that big. For me it was a landmark when we came to the beach. Still one of my favoite places to eat.

Galveston Seawall Pano - Galveston Island is known for it sea wall that run down a long section of the beach which we captured...
Galveston Seawall Pano

Galveston Seawall Pano - Galveston Island is known for it sea wall that run down a long section of the beach which we captured in this image. Mostly their are restaurants, hotel and shop along with some rental shops. The seawall was created after the 1900 hurricane that amost wipe out the town. After this they put in the seawall which runs for ten miles down the beach and has created a barrier on the island for everything behind the sea wall.

Moody Gardens  - Moody Gardens, consisting of Aquarium, Rainforest, and Discovery pyramids, is an educational attraction focusing...
Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens - Moody Gardens, consisting of Aquarium, Rainforest, and Discovery pyramids, is an educational attraction focusing on nature in Galveston is a must see while visiting. The Rainforest Pyramid is the one blue green pyramid in this image which opened in May 2011. This expansive recreation of Rainforests of the World provides guests with a unique two-level experience on the ground level and in the canopy of the trees. You can walk through and see exotic birds and monkeys all which would of been in the rainforest and more. There is also two other pyramids the Aquarium, and Discovery pyramids all with a focus on education. This is more like a destination with a hotel, a water park, golf course, paddle-wheel boat and more. The ground of the Moody Gardens have palm trees giving you the feel of being in a tropical location.

The Strand Historic District - Galveston's Historic Strand District, or as many call it the Strand. The historic strand is about...
The Strand Historic District

The Strand Historic District - Galveston's Historic Strand District, or as many call it the Strand. The historic strand is about five blocks long and includes several streets nearby which all part of the strand district. Many of the buildings in the historic Strand have been here for over a century. The Strand is a National Historic Landmark for the city of Galveston. We came back in the early morning to capture the area as it is impossible to park in the evening. The Strand has shops, restaurants, bars, museums and more. The Strand for Galveston is their bourbon street so to speak it where they have the Dickens on the Strand for the holidays and their Mardi Gras event yearly along with other events. One block from the strand is the harbor where you can get some great food at the many restaurants or take a tour of the Elissa Tall ship or visit an oil rig museum called the Ocean Star Museum or see the Texas Seaport Museum it all right there. You will see the habor will be full of boats of all kinds including the Cruses ship which look like a floating hotes which they are.

Ruhl House Galveston Victorian Architecture -  We captured the Ruhl house another restored historic home in Galveston over Christmas...
Ruhl House Galveston Victorian Architecture

Ruhl House Galveston Victorian Architecture - We captured the Ruhl house another restored historic home in Galveston over Christmas time in the east end Historical District. One of over 200 historical markers on the island, this marker is located at the former residence of Julius H. Ruhl. The marker was erected in 1984 by the Texas Historical Commission. When I look at the Ruhl house it look like a steam boat especially from the side. I am not sure what style house this is it got a hint of the French style like you might see in New Orleans. This house was very large so we had to take it from the front and side to get an ideal of how large it really was. This is another of the style with double porches and the tower on the roof along with the bay window and decorative spindles on these oversize porches on multiple floors, which seem common on the houses at the time.

Ruhl House Galveston Victorian Architecture 2 -  We captured the Ruhl house another restored historic home in Galveston over...
Ruhl House Galveston Victorian Architecture 2

Ruhl House Galveston Victorian Architecture 2 - We captured the Ruhl house another restored historic home in Galveston over Christmas time in the east end Historical District. One of over 200 historical markers on the island, this marker is located at the former residence of Julius H. Ruhl. The marker was erected in 1984 by the Texas Historical Commission. When I look at the Ruhl house it look like a steam boat especially from the side. I am not sure what style house this is it got a hint of the French style like you might see in New Orleans. This house was very large so we had to take it from the front and side to get an ideal of how large it really was. This is another of the style with double porches and the tower on the roof along with the bay window and decorative spindles on these oversize porches on multiple floors, which seem common on the houses at the time. This is one of the many home of this unique style in the area.

Galveston Mural - The Galveston Mural Located at Saengerfest Park is a pedestrian park for concerts and events right on the Strand...
Galveston Mural

Galveston Mural - The Galveston Mural Located at Saengerfest Park is a pedestrian park for concerts and events right on the Strand. The mural is located on the Strand in Galveston Texas in the pedestrian park and was painted by Gabriel in 2016. The Strand is a historic street in downtown Galveston one block off the harbor that runs for four or five blocks of shops and restaurants and bars for entertainment. We love the Victorian style building and the brick streets and the wonderful architecture along the area.

Elissa Tallship - This is a historic tall ship called the Elissa which was built in Scotland in 1877. It was originally used...
Elissa Tallship

Elissa Tallship - This is a historic tall ship called the Elissa which was built in Scotland in 1877. It was originally used as a merchant ship and has flow many flags but in 1975 it was purchase by Galveston Historic Society where it was restored at a cost of 7 million dollars and has been in Galveston since. This ship is still sea worthy and is taken out occasionally by a volunteer staff for special events.

Battleship USS Texas Vertical BW -  The Battleship Texas is an impressive site and it play some key roles in War World 1 and...
Battleship USS Texas Vertical BW

Battleship USS Texas Vertical BW - The Battleship Texas is an impressive site and it play some key roles in War World 1 and 2. This is a historic landmark capture in Monochromatic. Now the Battleship Texas is a floating museum and the last remaining U.S. battleship of her kind. She stands as a memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the servicemen who fought in both world wars. This ship was in the battle of normandy on D Day in war world 2 and a tribute to helping the alies from Hitler.

Battleship USS Texas BW  - The Battleship Texas is an impressive site and it play some key roles in War World 1 and 2 in black...
Battleship USS Texas BW

Battleship USS Texas BW - The Battleship Texas is an impressive site and it play some key roles in War World 1 and 2 in black and white. This is a historic landmark, monument and museum for all to enjoy. Now the Battleship Texas is a floating museum and the last remaining U.S. battleship of her kind. She stands as a memorial to the bravery and sacrifice of the servicemen who fought in both world wars in the houston ship channel near la porte texas. This navy ship was present at the Battle of Normandy in World War 2.

Fred Hartman Bridge Sunset Pano - We capture this panorama image of the Fred Hartman Bridge outside of Houston along the ship...
Fred Hartman Bridge Sunset Pano

Fred Hartman Bridge Sunset Pano - We capture this panorama image of the Fred Hartman Bridge outside of Houston along the ship channel as the sunset with these incredible colors. This bridge is 2.6 miles long and spans across the ship channel from Baytown to La Porte Texas. The sky was incredible I hate to say it but I think it due to all the chemicals in the air in this area. Earlier we noticed two different areas with rainbow yet it had not rained at all. In any case oil refineries make for beautiful fiery sunset. This is a beautiful bridge over the ship channel for more great Texas Landscapes. Watermark will not appear on image