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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

To bring new life after Hurricane Carla a hotel was built on the remains of the pier .  The thought was that it would draw customers in with the novelty of staying over the ocean and having a view out over the surf from every window.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

It was a neat idea that really didn't last.  The USS Flagship Hotel with a waning popularity lasted until Hurricane Ike damaged it in 2008.  At that point Landry's with roots in restaurants and entertainment purchased the property with the intention of restoring the pier to its roots and bringing back "pleasure" to it.

The Iron Shark Roller Coaster at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

The hotel was demolished in 2011 and in 2012 after a lengthy renovation of the aging pier the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier took its place when it opened to the public on May 25th 2012.  On the pier's 1,130 foot length out into the Gulf of Mexico sit restaurants, shows, games and fifteen rides including the main attraction...

The Iron Shark Roller Coaster at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

...The Iron Shark.

The Iron Shark Roller Coaster at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

The Iron Shark is a "Eurofighter" model coaster designed and built by Gerstlauer. 



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