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May 15, 2024

Ghosts of Galveston


Galveston, Texas cemeteries hold a unique place in history. They serve as a final resting place for individuals from all levels of society. The cemeteries not only provide a peaceful resting place for those who have passed, but they also offer a glimpse into the city´s past. 

In the mid-19th century, Galveston became a major port city with the primary entrance for immigrants coming to Texas. As a result, the cemeteries in Galveston reflect the diverse backgrounds and cultures of those who settled there. 

One of the oldest cemeteries in Galveston is the Old City Cemetery. The Old City cemetery is on Broadway and 43rd street. It was first established in 1839. It is one of the seven burial grounds in the Broadway Cemetery District. It is said to hold over 12,000 bodies, including victims of the 1900 Galveston hurricane. It is a great representation of the diversity in Galveston. It´s a final resting place for many people of various backgrounds including immigrants, cannibals, pirates, members of the Jewish community and more. The different tombstone decorations provide documentation of the different traditions and beliefs important to the various communities in Galveston over the years. 

Another remarkable cemetery in Galveston is the Evergreen Cemetery. Known for its unique Victorian-era tombstones, it is a place of beauty and reflection. Wandering throughout the cemetery allows people to appreciate the artistry and craftmanship that went into creating the intricate memorials. The Evergreen Cemetery is a testament to the Victorian-era fascination with elaborate and symbolic grave markers. 

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Other cemeteries in Galveston include the Trinity Episcopal, Serbian Orthodox, Calvary, Alta Loma, Fairview, Municipal, Memorial, Calvary Catholic, Philips Memorial, Rosewood, and more. 

Galveston offers tours of the cemeteries as well. While on the tour the Galveston Ghost Tour guides take visitors on an expedition through the Silk-Stocking District while giving information on the history of the grounds and why it is considered the most haunted city in the U.S. 

 As you look at these cemeteries, take a moment to pay tribute to those who came before us. These grounds serve as a reminder of the city’s resilience, the stories of its people, and the importance of preserving our history for future generations to come.  

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