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Galveston County, Texas Gulf Coast

2911'31"N 9458'50"W (29.192080, -94.980488)

Galveston Island

Farm Road 3005 and West Bay
E and W of Galveston
S of East Bay
N of Gulf of Mexico
ZIP codes 77550, 77554
Area code 409
Population: 1,079 est. (2019)
983 (2010) 1,075 (2000) 624 (1990)

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History in a Seashell

The town (which is said to be a former Karankawa cemetery) was only developed in 1957. Intended as a resort/marina, the plot was divided into 2,000 lots. It was incorporated in 1975 when there were 141 people residing there. The population was 624 in 1990 which increased to 1,075 for the 2000 Census.


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Historical Marker: Bob Smith Rd. and Jolly Roger, Jamaica Beach

Karankawa Campsite

In this area is one of several known Karankawa campsites or burial grounds. Now extinct, the nomadic Indians lived along the Texas coast, depending on the Gulf for survival. In 1528 they aided Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca, but resisted all intruders from the time of the French expedition of La Salle in 1685. The tribe later declined because of disease and warfare with pirates and Anglo-American settlers. Known for tall tribesmen and alleged practices of ceremonial cannibalism, they had virtually disappeared from Texas by the 1840s. This campsite was discovered in 1962.
(1966)

TX Galveston County  1907 Postal Map
Galveston County 1907 postal map showing Galveston, Gaveston Island, East Bay, West Bay and Gulf of Mexico
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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