Galveston is full of rich history and resiliency. It’s not filled with the most beautiful beaches during a good portion of the year because of the red tide, but it’s beautiful, it’s strong, and its people have stood the test of time as they’ve rebuilt our quaint island again and again. The Galveston Island Pleasure Pier is just one shining (and very blinky at night) example of that resiliency, determination, and dedication to our home.
Originally built in the late 1940’s, the facility on this pier was a place of fun for the military and then was turned over to the public after World War II. It was destroyed in 1961 when Hurricane Carla hit, and in 1965, The Flagship Hotel was built on the pier. Hurricane Ike destroyed the hotel in 2008, and in 2012, the Historic Pleasure Pier re-opened as a nostalgic theme park for tourists and locals to enjoy.
Our island has much to offer to its tourists, but its greatest asset is its residents. Strong, resilient, shiny, happy people. I love this place and all that it has to offer. And the more I learn about our culture, our history, the prouder I am to call Galveston home.