Epidemic diseases (perhaps most notably, Yellow Fever) are embedded in Galveston’s history. An outbreak of bubonic plague during the summer of 1920 was a brief, tumultuous, and overlooked episode in Galveston’s history (that coincided with a bathing beauty pageant along the Seawall, and a longshoreman’s strike on Harborside).

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