At one time, the port city of Galveston, on Galveston Island, was the largest in Texas. It was also the place of many firsts: the Galveston Pavilion, a social club, was one of the first in the state to be illuminated with electricity, and the city had the first telephone, was the site of the first baseball game, and was home to the first daily newspaper in Texas. Because of its past wealth, however, the city still has a remarkable collection of architecture, including grand Victorian-era civic buildings and residences, the ornate Bishop’s Palace, and the structures of the Strand Historic District. Galveston is also renowned for its beach and the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, where several of the high-flying and spine-tingling rides extend over gulf waters. For those of meeker temperament, there is also a replica of a vintage carousel.
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