Galveston, Texas: Pirate Jean Lafitte Ruins

Remains of the property of famous privateer Jean Lafitte, the posthumous butt of many big-footed pirate jokes.
1400 Harborside, Galveston, TX
East end of town. Harborside between 15th and 14th St. You can also drive or walk down the alley along the back of the ruins.
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Pirate Jean Lafitte Ruins

That's not his house. It was his property. It's behind a chain link fence but you walk in the alley and it's open. Do not stop in Harborside.

[Jake, 07/05/2017]


Pirate Jean Lafitte Ruins

You have to park and walk to it (not far) -- it is behind a chain link fence.

[Laura, 06/27/2015]

Jean Lafitte ruins.

Jean Lafitte Pirate Home

When I was about 18 someone drove me by there, and on my first trip back to the island after Ike I had to drive by and see if it was still there. (And it WAS!)

[Manda Malice, 07/05/2009]

The ghost of pirate Jean Lafitte supposedly still rattles around Galveston Island, where he established a colony in 1817. These are the ruins left of his house, and we wouldn't expect much more, since hurricanes historically like to sweep this area clean of structures.

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