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At over 10 miles long and rising 17 feet above sea level, the expansive Seawall is the longest continuous sidewalk in the US. Simply taking a stroll or a bike ride along it are popular pastimes, but the Seawall also boasts several beaches, unique shops, restaurants, and thrilling attractions to entertain just about anyone.
The Great Storm of 1900 engulfed Galveston, leaving mass destruction in its wake, more than 6000 dead (estimates range), and millions of dollars in damage. Construction of the Seawall began in September 1902, with the first segment completed in 1904. Work continued into 1963, extending the Seawall seven times from 3.3 miles to its current length. As a result of this amazing feat of engineering, the risks of loss of life and damage from future hurricanes were lowered dramatically. With the Seawall came tourism; despite it being built as a protective measure; sure enough, visitors arrived in droves to admire it, as they still do today.