Murdoch's Pier In Galveston Dies

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As this photo by Jennifer Renolds of the Galveston County Daily News shows, what was left of the historic Murdoch's Pier is no more.

Yeah, the photo actually shows it's still there, but trust us, a few minutes later it was gone.

The pier was one of the oldest in Galveston; in its most recent pre-ike incarnation, it was a gift shop.

But in the 100 or so years before that, it served as a bathhouse with more than 500 rooms for people to change clothes to go swimming.

The structures have been rebuilt and renovated after storms a few times since then, so it's not exactly the same place where those early-20th-century tourists frolicked. But the gift shop was built on at least some of the original piers.

The Daily News reports that the owners have permission to rebuild, and plan to.

Current state law forbids the construction of any more piers, so if those plans change we won't be seeing the likes of Murdoch's again.

Update: Here's video of the demolition from the News.

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