While developing the infrastructure of the first down-the-island community of Jamaica Beach, workers accidentally unearthed the site of a Karankawa burial ground. To pay homage to the Indians’ 500 plus-year habitation, a group of Galvestonians marked the site with an aboveground crypt with windows looking down upon the skeletons and artifacts intact as they were found.
I remember visiting the site most vividly as a child on a spring weekend outing with my parents. Standing on tiptoes, I peered down on the bones, pottery, a canoe and various other items, feeling all the while that I was peaking into the past. I was determined to share this story someday.