The Forgotten Ruins of the Flagship Hotel in Galveston

The formerly magnificent but now demolished USS Flagship Hotel was on what is now the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier off of Seawall Boulevard, the city of Galveston, Galveston Island, Texas.

A trip to Galveston, Texas, in 2010 led a wide eyed teen down Seawall Boulevard and past the gaping hole ruin of the USS Flagship Hotel. Amazed at the destruction caused by the 2008, Hurricane Ike, that still lingered and the fact that this magnificent hotel went on without any takers on fixing the place up. The history of the USS Flagship Hotel began in 1965, when banker James E Lyon rented the pier for construction. For 40 years the pier was rented for $185,000 USD a year. The USS Flagship Hotel had 225 rooms and was 7 stories tall. The Flagship Hotel gained massive attention for residing over the Gulf of Mexico and completely standing on the historic Pleasure Pier and not on land.

The USS Flagship Hotel closed in 2008 after Hurricane Ike caused immense damage to Galveston and other places. The extent of the damage to the Flagship Hotel was great including the driveway to the hotel being washed away, huge gaping exterior walls ripped away from the hotel (exposing several rooms), many broken windows and much more. In 2009, it was announced that the hotel would be demolished to make room for an amusement park on the pier. In February 2011, the historic USS Flagship Hotel on the pier was demolished and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier was constructed and opened in 2012.

Where was the ruined USS Flagship Hotel located? You can find it with these coordinates. 29.28682,-94.79004

Images 1, 2, 4 and 5 used and licensed under CC BY NC ND 2.0. Images 1, 2, 4 and 5 by Linda Bisset / Flickr / bisset_linda.
Image 3 used and licensed under CC BY NC 2.0. Image 3 by Mark Danielson / Flickr / mrbula.

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