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Galveston is a city on Galveston Island, off the Texas Gulf Coast, approximately 45 minutes southeast of Houston. Galveston is a port of entry and a destination for almost all the cruise ships with ports of call in Texas. Many Houstonians have beach houses in Galveston or elsewhere in Galveston County where they sometimes relocate during the summer, or simply drive to Galveston to enjoy the local beach.

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Fun Facts

  1. The city was named after William Bingham, a wealthy Philadelphian who bought the 10,000 acre patent for the land in 1786.
  2. The deadliest natural disaster in the U.S. was the Galveston hurricane of 1900, which killed between 8,000-12,000 people.
  3. In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach.
  4. In the late 1800s, Galveston was known as the "Playground of the South".
  5. Tina Knowles, an American businesswoman and fashion designer, and mother of singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, was born in Galveston.

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