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About 1 year(s) ago by galvtravelgirl
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While you are out enjoying the sites, you might want to share some “did you know” facts with family and friends. Galveston Island is the home to more than fifty Texas’ firsts including first gas lights, medical school, private bank and more. Here's a quick roundup of some that might surprise you.
 
1. First customs house (1825)
2. First post office (1836)
3. First military company, now the Galveston Artillery Club (1841)
4. First cotton compress (1842)
5. First law firm west of the Mississippi River (1846)
6. First insurance company (1854)
7. First use of telegraph to send news dispatches (1854)
8. First private bank (1854)
9. First gas lights (1856)
10. First real estate firm (1857)
11. First opera house (1870)
12. First cotton exchange (1872)
13. First telephone (1878)
14. First building built expressly for a newspaper (1884)
15. First black high school (1885)
16. First medical college (1886)
17. First school for nurses (1894)
18. First golf course (1898)
19. First country club (1898)
20. First ship through Panama Canal comes from Galveston (1913)
Facts courtesy of Bob’s Galveston Island Reader which was originally published in June 1983.
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