The Quaint Streets Of Galveston

The Quaint Streets Of Galveston
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a parish church first built in 1884, by Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher, was the largest in Texas until 1892, Photo Credit: Nabarupa Bhattacharjee

Check out these poignant images of an island off the coast of Texas that offer glimpses of resilience in the face of calamity

Nabarupa Bhattacharjee
April 30 , 2019
03 Min Read

Galveston is a vibrant island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States. It shares its border with Mexico on the east and the south. At the time when the Europeans first made their way to America, indigenous people inhabited the island. Seasonal fishing and hunting were the primary sources of subsistence; these remain a part of the Galvestonian culture even today. Before the American Civil War, Galveston was the largest cotton shipping port in the world and the second-largest port for immigration to the United States. During the 1900s, the city suffered a series of massive hurricanes, including the Great Storm of 1900. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the country, killing thousands and rendering nearly 30,000 people homeless.

Nabarupa Bhattacharjee created the Galveston photo-series under the auspices of the Escapist Mentorship Program initiated by Art Launch and John Ross Palmer. The photographs were exhibited at the Chrysalis Gallery in Houston, Texas.


  • Unless you own a private jet, the easiest way to get to Galveston is to land in Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport. The island is a 45-minute drive from there. Else, fly to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, also in Houston, a 90-minute drive away. An Amtrak (railway) service connects Galveston, Houston and Longview.
  • The turquoise beaches in the island are must-visits. Families frequent Stewart Beach, while the Galveston Island State Park is great for nature lovers.
  • The Strand Historic District houses some of the most important attractions of Galveston. The Grand 1894 Opera House and the Pier 21 Theater (which even screens a film on the 1900 hurricane, called The Great Storm).
  • The Strand is also famous for its popular eateries and fine-dining options such as Rudy & Paco, Saltwater Grill, Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood, and La King’s Confectionery.
  • Probably the best-known part of the island’s sea-wall is the Pleasure Pier. It is full of rollercoasters, fun rides, games

The 'cemetery pass' actually consists of seven cemeteries built over the past 176 years, located in Broadway Street. Many fascinating stories are attached to the place, like that of a soldier, Nicaragua Smith, who is buried here. People claim that, even to this day, his voice can be heard through the early morning fog

The city's main street is filled with cafés and restaurants serving plenty of varieties of shrimp, which is a staple here and popular among locals for lunch and breakfast

The Coca-Cola bottling plant on 22nd Street, which closed down in 1981 after running for 76 years, is a tourist attraction because of its namesake mural

An old car parked outside a house in a picturesque lane. Many Galvestonians still use vintage cars to commute

A sunny day at the Galveston beach

The statue of the Virgin Mary at the cemetery

Vehicles plying along one of the city's crossroads

Pedestrians walk by a restaurant on the island

The bicycle is the everyday mode of transport for the locals. Almost every café has one parked outside its gate

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