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"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it." — Joseph Conrad in Typhoon (1899)

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How The Galveston Arrow evolved

We use some other domain names, but all pages on this site are part of VASTHEAD.COM.  The Galveston Arrow came together as various news and weather pages developed.

It began in 1999 with The Vasthead Weather Balloon. It was just a quickly created early effort at a weather web page.

In 2OO1, that page became Space City Weather. Its purpose was to pull together all of the current weather conditions over,near, and surrounding Houston. 

We weren't interested in dubious 15-day forecasts, discussions of "feels like" temperatures, or insight into what weather creates "bad hair days."

We just presented the current  conditions in a lot of different places. Current conditions remain the main focus of all our weather pages.

The Galveston Light launched in 2002. It began as a single page to monitor weather on all the coasts of North America.  Gradually, we added pages for Galveston tourism, Galveston area news, and Galveston scheduled events.

By 2009, The Galveston Light included weather pages for all of Texas and for the entire United States.

In 2010, we added separate pages for the Gulf, Atlantic, and Pacific coasts. The original Coasts of North America page continues as a sampling of all coastal weather, including the Great Lakes.

The Galveston Arrow is closely tied to News Fronts, our national headlines page, and The Houston Balloon, the successor to Space City Weather.

Why this site is now The Galveston Arrow

Galveston lighthouse notI chose the name Galveston Light in 2002 with a mythical lighthouse in mind. With no real Galveston Island lighthouse in sight, we briefly used a generic lighthouse from a clip art service. Eventually, we settled on one of our own photos: an area light at East Beach (Appfel Park).

I took the picture after a brief rain shower in 1985. It wasn't a lighthouse, but it was a light. I added the blue color and cloudy glow in Photoshop.

Recently, our arrow over water image replaced the light tower as the emblem for all the Galveston pages. The arrow image is no radical change. I took the picture on the Galveston seawall in 1980, and it has long appeared on most other Vasthead pages.

Anamorphic arrow over water image

Original slide of 1980 arrow sign

The Galveston Arrow name ties in directly with that image.

The persistent anamorphic arrow means that as people move between The Vasthead, Houston Retro Radio, The Galveston ArrowNews Fronts, The Houston Balloon, and The James Thomson Poetry Works, they will know when they are still on one of my pages.

As for the light tower image, it is not about to go away. I expect to make it the most well-known mild rain shower to ever strike Galveston.

I conclude with an excellent suggestion: As you take in the sights on this web site, find an ad, click on it, and buy something delightful.  That is one way to keep these pages on line

—Grady McAllister 

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Bicycle at Oyster bar in Galveston Strand

Plane landing over water in Galveston

McAllister's Deli in Galveston

Above: McAlister's Deli in Galveston, as viewed on a foggy evening during Mardi Gras, February 18, 2011. Click images for a larger view.

Below: McAlister's Deli in Galveston as viewed from across Seawall Boulevard on October 24, 2010.

McAllister's Deli, October 24,2010

61st Street Pier in Glaveston

The sun sets over Moody Gardens on Galveston's north shore in 2004

Below: December, 1980. The Buccaneer Hotel, one of the historic landmarks in Galveston. It was demolished on New Years Day, 1999.

A skater inspects her skates near Galveston's Buccaneer Hotel in Decamber, 1980

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Song: Balinese by ZZ Top from the Fandango album

The Balinese Room was a fabled landmark on a pier along the Galveston Seawall. Hurricane Ike wiped it from the Galveston seascape in 2008.

Below: Our own photo of the Hut Club on Stewart Beach in 1982. Click for a larger image.

Galveston Hut Club in 1982
Photo by Grady McAllister.

Click here to see the ruins of the Hut Club as it looked in 2010.

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Galveston Ghosts Gavotte on the Galveston Seawall, 1980

Above: The Galveston seawall in 1980 and 1981. Photos by Grady McAllister

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Sunset on Galveston's north shore

Above: Galveston's north shore near Moody Gardens, October 17, 2013. Click for a larger view.

The Galveston Pleasure Pier

Above: The new Galveston Pleasure Pier, November 17, 2012. The amusement park is a reincarnation of a mid-century Pleasure Pier that occupied the same spot until Hurricane Carla demolished it in 1961. The Flagship Hotel beckoned from the pier from 1965 until 2008 when it suffered a similar fate from Hurricane Ike.

Below: On the same pier as the new amusement park, the Flagship Hotel in 1980. All photos by Grady McAllister.

Galveston's Flagship Hotel in 1980.

Pink  Dawn in Galveston

Above: The Galveston seawall at dawn in 1982.

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Below: Dashing into the surf for a January swim.

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About The Galveston Arrow

The Galveston Arrow presents the news of Galveston County and nearby areas of metropolitan Houston.

The Galveston Arrow also features weather over, near, and surrounding Galveston and includes pages for the Houston-Galveston area and for the entire state of Texas. Each page provides a big picture look at current weather conditions and shows numerous locations at a glance.

In addition, The Galveston Arrow presents weather on all the coasts. Virtually every coastal area of North America is represented, and it's the place to be whenever you're curious about the coast. Now, there are separate Galveston Arrow pages for the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts.

The Galveston Arrow is a weather display site, not a weather forecast service.

Weather, news, and other content are provided by organizations which neither endorse nor sponsor The Galveston Arrow. Likewise, this web site assumes no responsibility for the content provided.

All material on The Galveston Arrow is presented on an "as is" basis. It does not include any warranty as to its accuracy or availability or its suitability for any given purpose. Do not use this web site in making any decision for which incorrect data might lead to loss of life, personal injury, loss of property, financial loss, inconvenience, or emotional unpleasantness.

The Galveston Arrow is hosted as part of VASTHEAD.COM, a web site on line since 1997. The Galveston Arrow is also a registered domain in its own right.

You can find this page again by recalling the phrase "Galveston Arrow." To access this page directly type:

Unless otherwise indicated, all web page design, text, and photography are by Grady McAllister.

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Car tail lights on beach in Galveston

Above:"A Light Streaks on a Beach."Appfel Park on Galveston's East Beach after a brief summer shower in 1985. The rainfall had driven off most of the remaining beach people when a lone vehicle appeared, leaving its tail light streak just under the horizon. Time exposure (about 30 seconds) taken with an Olympus pocket 35mm camera set on a tripod. Click photo for a higher quality image.

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Moonrise at Galveston

Above: Moonrise at Galveston, April 9, 2009. The statue commemorates the Galveston 1900 Storm, the worst natural disaster to ever strike the United States. In 2008, Hurricane Ike knocked it off its pedestal, but it was soon restored to its position as a Galveston Landmark.

The statue sits on the Galveston Seawall, a massive barrier against future storms. The Seawall contains the world's longest continuous sidewalk. Using much of the wreckage from the 1900 storm, Galveston was rebuilt to a higher elevation. Today, the island city rises from the very ruins of its greatest catastrophe.

The arrow picture below is one of many "Arrow at 61st Street Pier" images. Other variations appear throughout the Vasthead web sites, and they are all based on one slide. The photo was taken in Galveston in 1980. Unlike the moonlit statue, the "moonlit" arrow picture was actually shot in broad daylight.

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Seagull at sundown


Sunset over Galveston West Bay. Saill boat and birds.

Galveston's Moody Gardens at dusk

Above: The Moody Gardens on October 16, 2010. Click for a wider view.






The Strand at Night

Above: The Galveston Strand, May 3, 2014.

Below: Mitchell Avenue (24th Street) at twilight, May 3, 2014.

Twight on Mitchell Avenue

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Colonel Paddlewheel at Christmas. Moody Gardents

Above: Looking as bright as Christmas, the Paddle Colonel landing at the Moody Gardens.

Sea bird flying near two sailboats along Galveston's north shore

Above: The north shore of Galveston Island as viewed from 61st Street, February 13, 2011. Below: A light fog over Galveston's East Beach, December 16, 2010.

Galveston condo in the haze

Ferriis wheel and departing ship at Galveston

Leaning on the lampost on the corner of the street, Galveston Strand

All images originating on The Galveston Arrow, The Vasthead, and Houston Retro Radio are by Grady McAllister.

Landry's, one of Galveston's most enduring restaurants at dusk

Headlights and taillights on Galveston's Seawall Blvd.

The Galveston Strand Historical District, March 13, 2010

Above: The Galveston Strand Historical District, March 13, 2010.

Texas history memorial in Galveston on Broadway

Pointing toward Galveston Harbor: Located in the middle of Broadway at 25th Street, the statue stands atop a tall memorial to the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836.

The photos below were shot at the Galveston Strand Historical District on March 13, 2010, using Kodachrome 64 film.

Horse before cart in Galveston, Texas, historical district

Stork Club in Galveston

Sky Bar in the Galvveston Strand

Below: The American National Insurance Company Building, the tallest in Galveston, March 13, 2010. Most photos on this site can be clicked for a larger, higher quality image. Photo by Grady McAllister.

Street lights, traffic lights, skyscraper in Galveston

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs,
that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand
twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears,
and sometimes voices 

That, if I then had waked
after long sleep
Will make me sleep again;
and then in dreaming
The clouds methought would
open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me,
that when I waked
I cried to dream again.

—William Shakespeare in "The Tempest"

The Galveston Arrow presents the news of metropolitan Houston with extra attention to southeast suburbia and exurbia, Galveston Island, and the upper Texas coast.

Contact The Galveston Arrow Below: On October 24, 2010, a plane comes in for a landing on the north side of Galveston Island. This was shot from the boat launch area on 61st Street near I-45. This is across the water from Moody Gardens. From that location, there are just a few days each fall when you see the sun set over the water. There is another opportunity in February when the sun makes its slow journey back north.

Airplane flies over water approaching Galveston

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