New Galveston Tour Package Unveils History of Texas Railroads
GALVESTON ISAND, Texas (June 10, 2016) – There were many stops along the historic Texas railways, but history buffs visiting Galveston need only make three. A new tour package—that includes stops and special exhibits at three Galveston museums—tells the story about the island’s historic connection to a ribbon of steel and steam locomotives in the late 1800s.
Launched this summer, the new "Riding the Rails to Historic Galveston" tour takes guests on a journey through the past at the new Bryan Museum, Galveston Railroad Museum and Moody Mansion. Each museum reveals various aspects of the history of Texas, the railroad that promoted commerce throughout the state and the people who gave several Texas cities their names.
In addition to the exciting exhibits, the “Riding the Rails to Historic Galveston” project includes a website that tells the story of how the railroad changed history in Texas. By visiting all three heritage attractions, guests will enjoy a 12% discount on regular adult admission prices.
The package will be available throughout the remainder of the calendar year and includes:
The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street: Visitors are immersed in the world’s largest collection of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to the Southwestern United States. By experiencing the relics and adornments from the period when the railroad was king, guests will learn about this historically important stage in Texas and U.S. history.
Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place: Guests experience the magic of rail transportation up close by boarding “rolling stock” of trains and rail cars. Throughout the museum, they encounter historical relics and memorabilia from the largest and finest collection in the Southwest.
Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway: Guests explore the legacy and meet the family of Col. William Lewis Moody, a wealthy Galveston cotton merchant who helped finance the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway. The railroad facilitated shipping Texas cotton from the Galveston wharves to the rest of the world.
ABOUT GALVESTON ISLAND
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island. For more information, visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.