Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States, about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Houston. The entire island, with the exception of Jamaica Beach, is within the city limits of the City of Galveston in Galveston County.

The island is about 27 miles (43 km) long and no more than 3 miles (5 km) wide at its widest point. The island is oriented generally northeast-southwest, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east and south, West Bay on the west, and Galveston Bay on the north. The island's main access point from the mainland is the Interstate Highway 45 causeway that crosses West Bay on the northeast side of the island.

The far north end of the island is separated from the Bolivar Peninsula by Galveston Harbor, the entrance to Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel. Ferry service is available between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. The southern end of the island is separated from the mainland by San Luis Pass. The San Luis Pass-Vacek Toll Bridge connects the San Luis Pass Road on Galveston Island with the Bluewater Highway that leads south into the town of Surfside Beach.

The residents of the island (the nontourists) classify themselves in two ways: born on the island (BOI) and islander by choice (IBC). “BOI” is cited in print from at least 1956 and “IBC” is cited in print from 1975.

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Galveston Island - History
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... Dickens on the Strand is an annual Christmas festival in Galveston, Texas occurring the first weekend in December ... Established in 1974 and set against the historical backdrop of Galveston's Strand, participants come to witness and relive the Charles Dickens era ... City of Galveston Attractions Ashton Villa Balinese Room Bishop's Palace East End Historic District Elissa (ship) Fort Crockett Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier ...
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Bernard De La Harpe - Explorations in Texas
... In 1721, La Harpe created the earliest known map of Galveston Island and Galveston Bay at a time when he was unsuccessfully trying to establish a ... That map or a copy of it is now in the possession of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston ... In la Harpe's map, Galveston Island is not given a name but is easily identifiable ...

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