06_10_020170Galveston is a barrier island on the Texas coast, about an hour south east of Houston. Its storied past includes Spanish explorers, successful pirates, even more successful mobsters, soaring prosperity, inching decline, and constant renewal. The city’s history has been shaped by Mother Nature’s wrath, from the Great Storm of 1900 to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Today, the city is home to almost 50,000 residents. Its numbers swell to more than double that during the summer, when tourists flock to its beaches. The island boasts the state’s oldest medical school, the University of Texas Medical Branch, and one of only two National Biocontainment Laboratories in the country. For more information on the city’s present, including what to do if you plan to visit, check out these resources:

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