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The seawall Galveston. This was once a playground for the wealthy. Nite clubs and Casino's lined the beach front. Everything money could buy was available.

The seawall Galveston. This was once a playground for the wealthy. Nite clubs and Casino's lined the beach front. Everything money could buy was available.

The Buccaneer Hotel and the Pleasure Peir, Galveston, Texas

The Buccaneer Hotel and the Pleasure Peir, Galveston, Texas

Traces of Texas reader Bob Moore sent in this rather amazing photograph of a damaged building in Galveston after the 1900 hurricane struck. It was taken by his grandmother, who was 16 years old at the time.

Traces of Texas reader Bob Moore sent in this rather amazing photograph of a damaged building in Galveston after the 1900 hurricane struck. It was taken by his grandmother, who was 16 years old at the time.

Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane Katrina).

13 Vintage Photos of Hurricanes and Their Aftermath

Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane Katrina).

Texas City explosion from Galveston, 1947,  the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions. Originating with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp, 2,300 tons ( of ammonium nitrate detonated, with the initial blast and further fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities killing at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department.

Texas City explosion from Galveston, 1947, the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions. Originating with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp, 2,300 tons ( of ammonium nitrate detonated, with the initial blast and further fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities killing at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department.

Bath Houses and Boulevard, Galveston, Texas. George Fuermann "Texas and Houston" Collection, 1836-2001. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries (Public Domain).

Bath Houses and Boulevard, Galveston, Texas. George Fuermann "Texas and Houston" Collection, 1836-2001. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries (Public Domain).

Galveston’s Electric Park, 1906, a predecessor of the Pleasure Pier. Galveston County Historical Museum.

Galveston’s Electric Park, 1906, a predecessor of the Pleasure Pier. Galveston County Historical Museum.

1961-This photo was labelled as the "new" causeway high clearance bridge. The original drawbridge facility, which can be seen in this photo, was later demolished.

1961-This photo was labelled as the "new" causeway high clearance bridge. The original drawbridge facility, which can be seen in this photo, was later demolished.

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