Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-vi

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-4

WHEN YOU TRAVEL SOUTH the fifty miles from Houston along Interstate 45 to the coast the terrain creates a gradually growing sense of anticipation and attention. Older people hum the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston," which was popularized by Glen Campbell in the late 1960s. No one, not even a child, falls...

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1. THE PORT CITY

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pp. 5-24

THE TOWN BEGAN ON APRIL 20, 1838, with the first sale of city lots by the Galveston City Company. Michel B. Menard (1805-1856), a French Canadian who had worked at the Indian trade and for Texas independence, and a group of nine other associates purchased 4,605 acres at the eastern end of Galveston...

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2. THE SIN CITY

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pp. 25-40

THE OLD DEEP WATER COMMITTEE (DWC), which had formed earlier to promote the building of the jetties, had continued to function as an ad hoc group for the promotion of the city. It was an organization of wealthy businessmen who had a stake in the welfare of Galveston. Within days of. the hurricane...

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3. THE TOURIST CITY

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pp. 41-52

AFTER THE FALL OF THE VICE TRIAD Galveston was left with a declining port, a growing medical school (which paid no city taxes), paint-weathered Victorian houses, an abandoned downtown, intact armor against hurricanes, a magnificent beach, and good weather. Galveston was still a different sort of place, like an...

NOTES

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pp. 53-56

INDEX

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pp. 57-58

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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pp. 59-62