Saengerfest Park

Saengerfest Park (HM28NC)

Location: Galveston, TX 77550 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 18.438', W 94° 47.676'

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The park takes its name from Saengerfest, a biennial singing contest sponsored by German immigrant choral societies around the State of Texas in the 19th century.
A choral group from Galveston, "the Salamanders," took top honors in the 1879 competition in New Braunfels, Texas, thereby receiving the honor of hosting the next Saengerfest in April 1881.
In honor of this occasion, the City of Galveston built a lighted pavilion and giant, temporary arches along the Strand.
Four hundred singers from 13 choral societies across the state were welcomed to the island with a torchlit parade that passed beneath these arches.
Today's Galveston Arches, constructed in 1986 celebrating Galveston's revived Mardi Grass, took their inspiration from these festival monuments.
Saengerfest Park, a project of George and Cynthia Mitchell, is inspired by the same spirit of civic celebration.
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HM NumberHM28NC
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Date Added Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 325710 N 3243368
Decimal Degrees29.30730000, -94.79460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.438', W 94° 47.676'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 26.28" N, 94° 47' 40.56" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2302 Strand St, Galveston TX 77550, US
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