Galveston County Historical Museum
The best way to get a full appreciation of Galveston’s past is at its remarkable downtown Galveston County Historical Museum (2219 Market St., 409/766-2340, www.galvestonhistory.org, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun., free). Housed inside the spectacular 1921 City National Bank building, the museum contains more than a dozen exhibits showcasing the region’s history, all beneath a remarkably ornate barreled ceiling.
Learn about the Native Americans, European explorers, and Civil War battles that shaped Galveston Island, and be sure to look for a small television screen offering an extremely rare view of the havoc caused by the 1900 hurricane.
Known simply as the “Edison video,” this grainy black-and-white archival movie footage was commissioned by Thomas Edison to use his new invention, the “motion picture camera.” The rough images show ravaged boats and docks, bringing to life the utter destruction that befell the island.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition