Galveston’s Red Light District

Book Signing: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Galveston’s Red Light District
A History of the Line
by Kimber Fountain

Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy and infamous red-light district. Called simply “The Line,” the unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came alive every night with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love. A stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years, it finally shut down in the late 1950s. But ridding Galveston of prostitution would prove much more difficult than putting a padlock on the front door. Kimber Fountain pursues the sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them.


Kimber Fountain is the editor-in-chief and feature writer for Galveston Monthly magazine and serves as chairperson of the Arts and Historic Preservation Advisory Board to the Galveston City Council. She is also the author of Galveston Seawall Chronicles, a history of Galveston’s Seawall, its construction, and subsequent impact on the city’s tourist trade and economy. She can also be found on stage at the Island East-End Theater Company. Ms. Fountain resides in Galveston.

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