The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975 Page: 366
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In 1900oo Galveston stood as the fourth largest city in Texas. A deepwater port
of national preeminence, she was a vital entrepot and an established cultural cen-
ter. Yet, for all her charm and prosperity, Galveston was tragically vulnerable to
the sea, as is suggested in these overviews-the larger picture looking northeast to-
ward Galveston Bay and the harbor (from Art Work of Galveston ) and the
smaller giving a closer look at the commercial and harbor district. The highest
point on the island stood only 8 to 9 feet above normal sea level. When the hur-
ricane of September 8, 1900oo, lifted waves of up to 1512 feet even the highest
spots were in danger.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 78, July 1974 - April, 1975, periodical, 1974/1975; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117149/m1/426/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.