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    Man, it's rough that this place is gone. Forget the Bishop's Palace: the Balinese has always been the first piece of Galveston history I tell new friends about when they visit. My great aunt was a working girl there (I won't be specific) and she met her husband, a card shark, at the Balinese Room. Being able to walk out on that pier was a physical reminder of the history and legitimacy of the city. This is a real piece of Galveston, Houston, Gulf Coast, and Texas history we've lost.


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Retrospective: The Return of the Balinese Room

by Albert Nurick time to read: 7 min