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Aerial view of Port Bolivar at the end of the Bolivar Peninsula. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway enters Galveston Bay here. Galveston Bay is at left in this photograph. View is to the northeast.

Port Bolivar (/ˈbɒlvər/ BAHL-i-vər) is an unincorporated community located in the Bolivar Peninsula census-designated place, in Galveston County, Texas, United States state of Texas within Galveston County and part of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The entire peninsula was severely damaged during Hurricane Ike on September 13, 2008; re-building efforts are still continuing.

The US Census does not consider Port Bolivar as a separate community, so the numbers are always estimates. One real estate site suggests 1,477 as of 2014 while another indicates 1,907 as of July 1, 2015. The estimate offered by City-Data is 1,349 as of 2013. The town is home to the historic Bolivar Lighthouse, which once guided ships entering Galveston Bay.


James Long based his operations where Port Bolivar would be located since 1819.

In 1838, Samuel D Parr surveyed the land, and it was granted to him by the Republic of Texas to be called Parrsville. It changed hands as Archibald Wynns and William Lawrence bought the land and developed it. The land was finally bought by a company and renamed to Port Bolivar in 1893.

Fort Travis in Bolivar Peninsula, separate from the Fort Travis in Galveston Island, was built with construction started in 1898.

The 1915 Galveston hurricane damaged Port Bolivar, and its port was mostly not rebuilt.

After Hurricane Ike the United States Postal Service temporarily relocated Port Bolivar post office box services to Winnie, Texas.


Ferry service is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation between Port Bolivar and Galveston. The Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry can accommodate vehicles as heavy as 80,000 pounds, and as long as 65 feet, as high as 13.5 feet and as wide as 8.5 feet. The ferry was closed because of Hurricane Ike but re-opened on November 11, 2008.

Parks and recreation

The Galveston County Department of Parks and Senior Services operates the Bolivar Community Center, 1802 Madison Avenue and the Fort Travis Seashore Park at 900 State Highway 87, and the Pilsner Boat Ramp.

Postal service

The United States Postal Service operates the Post Office at 2500 Broadway Avenue, Port Bolivar, TX 77650 - 0736. There is no home delivery on the Bolivar peninsula, only rural delivery.

Coordinates: 29°22′51″N 94°45′52″W / 29.38083°N 94.76444°W / 29.38083; -94.76444

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