Pleasure Pier - 25th & Seawall

Galveston's $1,500,000 Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas
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.....The Municipal Pleasure Pier was located at 25th and Seawall. It extended 1340 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico and was 225 feet wide. Construction was begun in the early 40's, by the City of Galveston. But with WWII, it was requisitioned by the US Government for storage space. After the war, it opened belatedly, but failed because of a lack of cool breezes in its enclosed spaces. It was later leased out to private developers, air-conditioning was added, and its popularity increased in the late 40's. However, popularity waned in the 50's and the final blow was Hurricane Carla in 1961 which caused severe damage to the structure. The city leased out the pier to a developer who built the Flagship Hotel in 1965.

A 1950's promotional brochure advertised the following:

  • Jungle Night Club
  • Shell Shop
  • Davy Jones Locker - At the entrance to the pier, "A fascinating collection of interesting and exotic curiosities of the sea from all over the world... all alive and shown in beautifully illuminated glass aquariums."
  • Kiddie Rides
  • Marine Ballroom
  • Wild Animals - Including rare birds, huge snakes, alligator wrestling, and rattle-snake milking in the Pleasure Pier Exhibit Building
  • Outdoor Stadium - included seating for 2000
  • Teen-Age Record Hop
  • Adult Rides
  • Food & Drink
  • Fishing Pier - "Open at 6 am everyday