what's the first word that comes to mind?
The Sept. 8, 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston was the worst natural disaster in United States history to that point in time, and remains the country’s deadliest natural disaster killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. More than 3,600 structures were destroyed including the entire wharf front.
And for many people outside of southeastern Texas, that is the “first-word” response they would make to “Galveston.”
And it is this association with “The Great Storm” that Clyde Steddum would like to expand for the city of Galveston. Steddum, the Vice Chairman of the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, was kind enough to read some of our blog entries on Galveston and noted, “You discovered many of the features of this city that make it great.” (How we met Clyde is a story that we’ll tell tomorrow.)
One of the city’s gems that we have not visited until recently is what C. Grant Mitchell, President of Mitchell Historic Properties and producer of the documentary “The Great Storm,” calls “a great symbol for Galveston. It is a symbol of strength and resilience.”
“Between 1920 and 1932, Hotel Galvez served as headquarters for the International Pageants of Pulchritude, the beauty pageants that were predecessors to the Miss Universe Pageant.
Considerable restoration work has occurred within the past 21 years:
-- In 1993, it was purchased by its current owners who launched a $20 million restoration to reflect its 1911 origin.
-- More recently (May, 2013), the owners completed a $900,000 renovation to its lobby,
And speaking of the Bar & Grill....