Galveston: Playground of the Southwest

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Galveston had adopted the moniker "Playground of the Southwest" by the 1920s, following the city's economic revival following the 1900 hurricane. Galvestonians envisioned a tourism industry largely built around its beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, the tranquil water of Galveston Bay, and a year-round mild climate. Island business leaders also introduced amusement parks, nationally renowned events, and nighttime entertainment venues. By the 1930s, in a waning national economy, Galveston saw the quiet return of more questionable tourist businesses including gambling and prostitution, challenging the concepts of the conventional tourism industry until closed by the Texas Rangers in the 1950s. Later in the 20th century, Galveston Historical Foundation leaders who discovered the economics of heritage tourism began promoting the island's captivating history.
ISBN: 9780738596471
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Images: 250
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)
W. Dwayne Jones is executive director of Galveston Historical Foundation. He has authored numerous articles on the development of auto tourism in Texas and the nation in the early 20th century. Jami Durham is a Galveston historian and longtime employee of Galveston Historical Foundation, working in its museum properties, historical research, and event planning.  Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the largest historic preservation nonprofit organizations in the United States. It traces its formation to the Galveston Historical Society, created in 1871, which merged with the Galveston Historical Foundation, organized in 1954. Today, Galveston Historical Foundation has over 3,000 members, operates or manages 15 historic properties and vessels, and hosts more than 250,000 tourists each year in its museums and special events. Its highly acclaimed preservation programs for historic buildings and neighborhoods on the island keep the architecture and history of Galveston alive for the future.
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