To insure the protection of visitors and encourage extra households to frequent Galveston Island beaches, the Metropolis of Galveston and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees have cooperatively banned alcohol consumption from most public beaches and the Seawall, except licensed concession areas.
54 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. Town of Galveston looking southeast toward the Gulf of Mexico. By the top of the 19th century, the town of Galveston had a population of 37,000.
It was one of the nation’s largest cotton ports, in competitors with New Orleans 26 All through the 19th century, the port metropolis of Galveston grew rapidly and the Strand was considered the area’s main business middle. Throughout the 19th century, Galveston grew to become a serious U.S. industrial middle and one of the largest ports within the United States It was for a time Texas’ largest city, known as the “Queen City of the Gulf”.
During the American Civil Conflict , Accomplice forces underneath Major Common John B. Magruder attacked and expelled occupying Union troops from the city in January 1863 within the Battle of Galveston 17 In 1867 Galveston suffered a yellow fever epidemic; 1800 people died within the city.