I have a semi-plan for sharing several with you over the next few Wednesdays. However, these photos are coming from three different sources, so you can bet a few will slip through the cracks and end up being a mish-mash on the last post, whenever that is. Just letting you know :)
For those of you who don't know or don't remember, in September 2008, Galveston was hit by Hurricane Ike. The Gulf of Mexico covered almost the entire island after rolling over a seventeen-foot seawall built following the 1900 hurricane that almost totally destroyed the island.
One of the structures Ike destroyed was the historic Balinese Room, home to illegal gambling from the 1940s to 1960s. The building sat on a pier and ran from the seawall out about 100 yards. This is all that is left - you can see a few pilings sticking up out of the water right beyond the sandbar. I hope you can click on it and it will enlarge so you can read the plaque.
The going has been slow, but the Island and its people are resilient. Galveston is rebuilding, better than ever. This eatery is on Seawall Blvd. overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Ike also took away more than 11,000 century old live oaks. Several of the residents had the trunks of these trees carved into sculptures. Here is one of them:
And one more, so you can see two of the hundreds of Victorian homes that line the streets of the Silk Stocking District.
But the island and the sea are eternal.
And every morning brings a new day.
And a new chance to visit a . . .
More photos next Wednesday!