Hurricane Ike slamed the Galveston coast on Sept 12th and 13th. It destroyed some of Galvestons historic piers. The Balinese Room has some very interesting history http://balineseroom.net/.
Murdochs was just the coolest gift shop ever. http://www.murdochspier.com/
I took these photos in April of 2008. I sure do hope that they will rebuild the piers.
My home made it through the storm with just minor damage so I am blessed.