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(GALVESTON, TX) May 2, 2018 – With over 179 years of history as a center of commerce, culture, and finance, some might find the landmarks designated as historical across the City fascinating. History buffs, school classes, visitors and the like will now be able to tour all ninety designations with ease using new innovative technology that utilizes GIS and story maps online.
This new interactive map pinpoints each of Galveston’s historic landmarks, where they are located, and why they were designated as a significant piece of our Island’s story. Each month, the City identifies new landmarks as properties are restored and brought back to life. Those new designations will be added to our story maps online as they are awarded. City Planner Daniel Lunsford and the City’s GIS team spent over a year working on the project and were integral to the launch of the map.
The map is color-coded into four zones: NW/Strand, East End, Silk Stocking/Lost Bayou, and the Outlots. Each location gives the name of the landmark as well as a brief description of why the site is vital to the history of Galveston. The map can be utilized on any device and is mobile friendly. You can view the landmarks as a list or by using the map and selecting the location you are interested in visiting.
“Galveston has an incredible story to tell,” said Historic Preservation Office for the City, Catherine Gorman. “And who better to tell our story than the places and locations that shaped and formed us over the years. This map will allow both our residents and our guests to become more invested in the rich history that has drawn people to Galveston for many years.”
This month, the City will continue to celebrate Preservation Month with numerous activities focused on instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, State historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. While events are planned such as the Historic Homes Tour and the Landmark Commission Awards, the launch of this story map will allow people to celebrate our Island’s history at their leisure and will hopefully inspire others to continue preservation efforts in their neighborhoods and “get on the map!”
To view the map, please visit www.galvestontx.gov/ourstory. To learn more about the Island’s historic preservation efforts and to have properties designated as landmarks, please visit http://galvestontx.gov/630/Historic-Preservation.