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Galveston Fire Department

PHOTO Scott Pena

From American's largest natural disaster to modern spring breakers, Texas' oldest fire department continues to build on its storied history.

Galveston Police Department

PHOTO Scott Pena

Through hurricanes, epidemics, wars, city-wide parties and tourism, the state's oldest police department has evolved with the times.

Campeche Hell Dogs

PHOTO Wade Livingston

Legend says Pirate Jean Lafitte had a dozen black dogs to guard his buried treasure - the Campeche Hell Dogs, who reportedly still patrol the area.

The Stewart's Mansion

I fell in love with the Stewart's Mansion the first time I saw it. With its tales of pirates, buried treasure and ghosts, the old home has captured my imagination.