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Named after Bernardo de Galvez, Galveston, Texas has grown over the past 200 years!
Mitchell Historic Properties is dedicated to preserving this rich legacy.

The History of Galveston, Texas

The first American colonists arrived in 1827. In 1836, the same year that Texas gained its independence from Mexico and became a republic, the City of Galveston was born.

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Mitchell Historic Properties now owns one of Galveston’s top hotels-the Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21. Until 2021, the historic Hotel Galvez & Spa and the Tremont House were also owned by the Mitchell Family.

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Strand District

The Strand, in the late 1880’s was dubbed “The Wall Street of the Southwest.” It was a street of opulent Victorian buildings, with five banks, wholesale houses, grocers, liquor and cigar dealers, cotton factors, commission merchants, insurance companies, printers and eight newspapers, dry goods companies, steam and sail ship agencies, auction houses, saloons, and sailor boarding houses.

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In the 1970’s Pier 19 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and protected by the Galveston City Charter. In later years, Pier 19/20 continued to be a waterfront attraction drawing consumers, commercial fisherman, charter fishing boats, fish houses, a restaurant and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum.

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