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The Galveston Seawall
In the aftermath of the horrific 1900 hurricane that killed over 8,000 people, and causing the entire island to submerge, officials decided that there needed to be some sort of barrier to protect the city of Galveston from future tropical storms. In 1902, construction began on the seawall, that now protects nearly 10 miles of the eastern end of the island from the potential ravages of storm surges caused by incoming hurricanes. Since it's completion, it has been tested several times by storms, and proving very effective in defense of the city. The seawall rises 17 feet above the beachfront, made of concrete. Much of the beachfront that is protected by the seawall also has huge blocks of Texas pink granite just in front of the wall as another front against the scurge of storms. During the construction of the seawall, and over the course of 6 years, the entire city of Galveston was also raised over 6 feet, with buidings being jacked up, and sand pumped underneath them. Seawall Blvd, running above & along the stretch of the wall, provides beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, and is an excellent place to go jogging, or take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. There are many restaurants, hotels & shops all down the seawall, and recently a carnival area was set up with many rides and games for people to enjoy.
See the History of the Seawall
The seawall was built in 1902 after the most devastating natural distaster (hurricane) in 1900. It runs for 10 miles and is across from various shops and restaurants.
While walking, running, biking, etc. down the seawall make sure to check out the history behind Galveston and the tragic hurricane. There are many statues and national landmark signs to read while learning about the importance of this Galveston saint watching over the island.
The most interesting? There was an orphan asylum that was destroyed along with 10 nuns and 90 children. Three boys were the only survivors found at sea. Right there on the sea wall....
Galveston's beach and seawall
Part of the reason why Galveston became such a popular tourist spot are the 32 miles of beach on Galveston Island, part of which are surrounded by the 10 mile long seawall built as a result of the 1900 Great Storm. I was in Galveston at the beginning of February and although it was a bit chilly outside (by Texan standards - not Canadian ones!), the water was surprisingly warm so I would highly recommend starting off your day by a nice walk on the beach, especially if you happen to be staying at one of the many ocean front hotels.
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Visit the Famous Sea Wall
'The Galveston Seawall, constructed in 1902, is a seawall that was built after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 for protection from future hurricanes. The Seawall has never been overtopped by a storm surge from hurricanes but waves from the storms have caused considerable damage to buildings that line Seawall Boulevard. Texas F.M. 3005, otherwise known as Seawall Boulevard along the wall, runs along the Seawall.
The seawall is presently 10 miles (16 km) long. It is approximately 17 feet (5.2 m) high, and 16 feet (4.9 m) thick at its base. The seawall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2001.
Many miles of the wall are painted with murals, called "wall art". These huge murals are painted by children, and depict underwater life. The art is designed to make the seawall more interesting to visitors.'- Taken from Wikipedia
The Sea Wall offers many things to do, especially those who love active travel. At any point in the day (or night, for that matter) you will see people walking the 10 mile sea wall, skating down it, biking down it, and driving along it. If you prefer to park and walk on it, there is free parking (parallel, though!) all throughout it except at the thousands of stop lights. But, hey, it's free!!!
Galveston has a long promenade which goes for several miles along the Seawall Blvd. It is the longest continuous sidewalk in the world. Even with the windy conditions, there were plenty of people walking, jogging or just sitting watching the waves (big as they were at the time).
Seawall of Galveston
The historic seawall of Galveston is a lot of fun. You can jog, walk, or bicycle in the area. A lot of history and information is provided. It is a good spot to bring the family.
Check out the new ghost story book by local author
If One Only Looks: 85 Years of Ghost Stories
go to the strand and walk the...
go to the strand and walk the seawall. when you go to the strand, take plenty of money there will be things there you won't find anywhere else. and wear comfortable shoes. there is alot of walking in Galveston.
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