RE: The Basement of the Alamo
Basements are actually pretty rare in Southeast Texas because of flooding, so I'm not sure that you'll find any. But, if you go on a tour of one of the historic mansions like the Menard House, I'm sure the guide has at least some knowledge of how the homes were heated. For the rest of them, you can probably contact the Galveston Historical Society before you leave and get someone who really knows their stuff to just call you back: http://www.galvestonhistory.org/
I know that up until the mid-20th century, central heating was sort of a luxury and that, since Galveston is temperate and rarely gets below freezing, most more modest homes probably had just a fireplace.
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