Friday, October 9, 2015

Visit Galveston For Gulf Coast, Local History

Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org

The warm Gulf of Mexico, as seen from Galveston Island, Texas.
By Mugdha Gurram
Senior Reporter
GALVESTON, Texas, U.S.A. – Out in front of you the Pleasure Pier amusement park extends into the Gulf of Mexico, lit up in changing patterns of neon reds, blues, purples and greens against a darkening sky.
The calming sound of the waves clashes with the din of laughter and chatter coming from the restaurants and stores lining the street.
Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org

The Pleasure Pier, an amusement park built
on a surprisingly sturdy dock, lights up in all
the colors of the rainbow during the night.
A small number of people are still on the beach, playing amongst the waves or searching for seashells on the shore. Tourists love Galveston, Texas for its ocean-side experience.
However, people come to the small coastal city for more than just the beach.
According to Stacy Gilbert, Director of Convention Services and the Visitor’s Center in Galveston, tourists also appreciate Galveston’s rich history.
Many of the beautiful houses – The Bishop’s Palace, Moody Mansion, and Ashton Villa, which attract many visitors – played roles in local and state history.
These historical sites housed famous families such as the Moodys, who built the largest American financial empire of their time.


Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org
One of the many beautiful historic homes that attract tourists to Galveston.
Mugdha Gurram / youthjournalism.org
Across from the Gulf stands a line of restaurants, stores, and homes, including these brightly colored beach houses.
Their houses remain similar to the way they were when first built; because of historic district rules, it’s actually a difficult process for present owners to make any kind of change to the historical sites.

Galveston is also home to a lot of firsts, such as the first black high school, first telephone, and first post office.
This city has enough to satisfy any touristy needs, whether it’s kicking back on a beach chair, or – equally appealing – sight-seeing and visiting the local historical landmarks.
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