Indianola served as a major port and was only to second Galveston as Texas' primary port. In 1875, a powerful hurricane struck almost entirely destroying the town. Indianola was rebuilt, only to be completely wiped out in 1886. The destruction of Indianola served as an abject lesson for many residents of Galveston, 100 miles up the Texas coast. However, their calls for a seawall to protect that city went unheeded, and Galveston nearly shared Indianola's fate when the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 struck the island. Determined to not share the fate of Indianola, Galveston was rebuilt and thrived for the next century until 2008 when Hurricane Ike made landfall on the Texas Coast. See first hand the people with the determination and grit that have enabled this city to rebuild.