Galveston Historical Foundation

1904 GH&H Depot Named to National Register of Historic Places

Courtesy of the Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas.
Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1904 GH&H Depot has been named to The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

“The national register listing is a significant step in recognizing an often-overlooked part of local history as well as that section of the city,” says Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to have it added to this important list of historic properties across the US.”


The GH&H Freight Depot was built in 1904. At the time, the railroad was jointly owned by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly known as the “Katy”) and the International & Great Northern Railroad. Both of these railroad systems relied on the GH&H line to deliver goods and people between Houston and Galveston. As the island city recovered from the 1900 Hurricane, the railroad companies sought to fortify Galveston’s role in the cotton trade. Towards that end, the GH&H Depot billed at the time as one of the “handsomest and most substantial of its kind,” was built with the capacity to handle the entire annual cotton crop of Texas. GHF purchased the property in July of 2017, future plans for the location include an interactive experience based on The 1900 Storm, green space, mixed-use commercial, and more.


Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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