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Bolivar Peninsula Day Trips

Bolivar Peninsula Day Trips

Bolivar Peninsula was named in 1816 for Simón Bolivar. Jean Laffite had associations with Bolivar Peninsula. James Long based his operations here since 1819 with the first establishment of Bolivar Peninsula, and Fort Las Casas was built here in 1820. Samuel D. Parr is responsible for starting the settlement in 1838 that would later become Port Bolivar.

The Point Bolivar Lighthouse has an important history with the peninsula, since 1872. The North Jetty, extending from Bolivar Peninsula, of the entrance to Galveston Bay started being constructed in 1874.

From 1896 to 1968, the Gulf and Interstate Railway connected Beaumont to Galveston Island with aid of train ferries. Fort Travis in Bolivar Peninsula, a separate facility from Fort Travis in Galveston, was built with construction started in 1898. At one time the Bolivar Peninsula was called the “breadbasket of Galveston” and the “watermelon capital of Texas”.

(From Wikipedia)

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