A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 24, 2011
Galvo (Galveston nickname)

"Galvo” is a hip hop slang name for Galveston, popular locally and in the city of Houston. “Galvo” has been cited in print since at least 2005.

A non-alcoholic drink called “Galvo” was made in Galveston for a brief time, beginning 1917.

Wikipedia: Galveston, Texas
Galveston ( /ˈɡælvɨstən/) is a coastal city located on Galveston Island in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 U.S. Census[update], the city had a total population of 47,743 within an area of 208 square miles (540 km2). Located within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, the city is the seat and second-largest city of Galveston County in population.

Named after Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez, Galveston’s first European settlements on the island were constructed around 1816. The Port of Galveston was established in 1825 by the Congress of Mexico following its successful revolution from Spain. The city served as the main port for the Texas Navy during the Texas Revolution and later served as the capital of the Republic of Texas.

During the 19th century, Galveston became a major U.S. commercial center and one of the largest ports in the United States. Galveston is known for the hurricane that devastated the city in 1900. The natural disaster that followed still counts as the deadliest in American history.

Much of Galveston’s modern economy is centered in the tourism, health care, shipping and financial industries. The 84-acre (340,000 m2) University of Texas Medical Branch campus with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students is a major economic force of the city. Galveston is home to six historic districts containing one of the largest and historically significant collections of nineteenth-century buildings with over 60 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The local hip hop name for Galveston is “Galvo.”

Handbook of Texas Online
The Galveston Brewing Company (1895–1918) was one of the few regional breweries that survived Prohibition. Adolphus Busch and William J. Lemp of St. Louis were both major stockholders of the corporation that raised $400,000 to found the Galveston Brewing Company in 1895. The brewery formally began operations on February 3, 1896.
After Prohibition forced the legal production of beer to cease, the brewery turned to a “nonintoxicating cereal beverage” called Galvo. When this proved unsuccessful, the company removed the brewing equipment and produced soft drinks under the name XXX Company.

Urban Dictionary
another way of sayin Galveston
what you kno about that im from that Galvo
by MissScrewston713 Apr 3, 2006

7 October 1917, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 12, col. 6 ad:
Say “Galvo”
to the Soda Clerk

Every good soda fountain in town serves “Galvo” and is glad to do so, for “Galvo” is the pure, delicious and nutritious non-alcoholic beverage that really quenches the thirst.
Galveston Brewing Association

Houston (TX) Press
On Da Lingo, Part II
Confused by what all our hometown rappers are talking about? We’re here to help.

By John Nova Lomax Thursday, Nov 17 2005
You can parking lot pimp all over town—everywhere from “Mo City” or “Misery City” (Missouri City) to “the Nickel” (Fifth Ward) to “the Trey” (Third Ward) to “the 44” (Acres Homes; pronounced “fo-fo” and so named for both the gun and the fact that the Metro bus line through there is No. 44) to “the ‘Stead” (Homestead) to “the Clarke” (Hiram Clarke) to “T.G.” (Trinity Gardens) to “the LP” (La Porte) and all the way down to “Galvo” (Galveston).

05-09-2006, 02:42
Houston Slang Dictionary:

West End Anglers Forum
March 31st, 2011, 01:13 AM
Well Galvo, soon you will be mine!
So here is the plan, right or wrong, stupid or just plain nutz, I don’t care...I’m gonna do it! The other night I come home and the wife outta the blue says...we should sell this place, downsize and move to Galveston.

West End Anglers Forum
June 2nd, 2011, 06:27 PM
Thread: Another drowning in Galvo?
Just confirmed, it was a 21 year old. Out to far and did not know how to swim. Prayers sent to his family!

August 11, 2011
Texas, USA: Houston / Austin / Galveston.
By eliayo

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