Galveston: A City on Stilts, Texas

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On September 8, 1900, a devastating hurricane destroyed most of the island city of Galveston, along with the lives of more than 6,000 men, women, and children. Today that hurricane remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Despite this tragedy, many Galvestonians were determined to rebuild their city. An ambitious plan was developed to construct a wall against the sea, link the island to the mainland with a reliable concrete bridge, and raise the level of the city. While the grade was raised ...
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Overview


On September 8, 1900, a devastating hurricane destroyed most of the island city of Galveston, along with the lives of more than 6,000 men, women, and children. Today that hurricane remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Despite this tragedy, many Galvestonians were determined to rebuild their city. An ambitious plan was developed to construct a wall against the sea, link the island to the mainland with a reliable concrete bridge, and raise the level of the city. While the grade was raised beneath them, houses were perched on stilts and residents made their way through town on elevated boardwalks. Galveston became a "city on stilts." While Galvestonians worked to rebuild the infrastructure of their city, they also continued conducting business and participating in recreational activities. Zeva B. Edworthy's photographs document the rebuilding of the port city and life around Galveston in the early 1900s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738558806
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,399,320
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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The authors, director Jodi Wright-Gidley and curator Jennifer Marines of the Galveston County Historical Museum, selected images from the Edworthy Collection to illustrate this dynamic period in Galveston's history. The book also includes a preface by the photographer's daughter Judith Edworthy Wray and a conclusion with a modern perspective by hurricane specialist and historian Lew Fincher.
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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    Great History of Galveston Seawall

    This book follows the construction of the Galveston Seawall. Fantastic photos and history. Interesting fact that there had been talk of building a seawall in the late 1800's but because of the cost the idea was shelved.

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