San Antonio Attractions
|"As a casual
tourist you'll be dazzled by this romantic atmosphere - and the history,
and the music, the food, my God. It's an easy city to love."
- Walt Lockley
Photo courtesy Chia-Wei Wang, August 2006
Popularity of Polo by Michael Barr
"Polo came to Gillespie County from Fort Sam Houston in San
Antonio. No sport teaches horsemanship like polo, and the cavalry
units at Fort Sam fielded some of the best polo teams in the country...
Polo still has a following in Western Texas. The sport is popular
and quietly fashionable in certain affluent areas of San Antonio
and the Hill Country where men and women admire fine horses and
Mustang at The Polo Club by Michael Barr
By 1885 San Antonio was a depot for polo ponies. Polo players and
their representatives from both sides of the Atlantic converged
on Narciso Leal's Livestock Exchange at 226 Dolorosa Street to buy
Days of Texas Polo by Michael Barr
Short History of Beer in Texas by Clay Coppedge
San Antonio Council House Fight by Jeffery Robenalt
In March of 1840, a meeting took place in old San Antonio between
representatives of the government of the Republic of Texas and the
Penateka Comanches to discuss terms of a peace treaty. The disastrous
results of this meeting would soon lead to the Great Comanche Raid
of 1840 and the Battle of Plum Creek.
to the Council House Fight by Murray Montgomery
Antonio's Blue Book by C.F. Eckhardt
'The Blue Book.' Those three words stir up quite an image among
those who delve into the more esoteric history of 19th and early
20th Century America. 'The Blue Book' is the legendary directory
of a city's 'red light' district....
Antonio's Blue Book by Mike Cox
Dish of Texas by C. F. Eckhardt
- Chili con carne is the national dish of Texas. It was invented
in Texas by Texas natives-literally-and it's made right only in
Porter of San Antonio by Maggie Van Ostrand
If even half the legends passed down through generations are true,
the Old West was a riotous and exciting place. Whether heroes or
desperadoes, these legendary people all seem to have either been
born in, traveled through, or fought for the great Republic of Texas...
But they didn't fight, shoot, and rustle all the time. They needed
rest. They needed relaxation. They needed love. And Fannie Porter
of San Antonio supplied these diversions. This is her story.
Movie Making by Mike Cox
The Star Film Company was the first movie company to do any substantial
business in Texas. Owned by French producer Gaston Melies, the company
came to San Antonio, where he set up shop adjacent to the Hot Wells
Hotel early 1910...
Favorite Ghost Story - San Antonio's Overworked Ghost Children
by Raoul Hashimoto
Antonio's Humble Oil Company Vintage photos
Humble Service Station, 1938
On S. New Braunfels Avenue. Vintage Photos
Abel's - San Antonio Landmark by Mike Cox
Little Engine That Couldn't: The Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad
by C. F. Eckhardt
"... Even after the War, with much improved roads and a much
lessened Indian problem, it still took freight wagons the better
part of a week to travel from San Antonio to Fredericksburg... The
people north and west of San Antonio wanted and needed a railroad..."
scrapes by Mike Cox
Thousands of people die every year in traffic crashes, but the horse
and buggy era had its injurious and fatal accidents as well.
Altgelts of Comfort, San Antonio (and Argentina)
"[Ernst Hermann Altgelt] established the city's first "suburb."
He named the first street in it "King William" (for German King
Wilhelm).... He built the first house on that street and, its' still
Railroad Trip from San Antonio to El Paso by Mike Cox
in San Antonio History cartoon by Roger T. Moore
free Texas schoolbooks History cartoon by Roger T. Moore
Hailstones History cartoon by Roger T. Moore
Parks & Lakes
Country State Natural Area
In Bandera and Medina Counties. 45 miles NW of San Antonio.
Canyon State Natural Area - 210/688-9055
12861 Galm Rd San Antonio TX 78254
State Natural Area - 830/438-2656
Approximately 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio in western
c/o Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31 Spring Branch TX 78070
Lake - Highway 37, 17 miles south of San Antonio
Lake - Off Loop 1604, 20 miles south of San Antonio
- 40 miles northwest of San Antonio
Visitor Information Center
317 Alamo Plaza, 1-800-447-3372 www.sanantoniocvb.com
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
602 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 229-2100 www.sachamber.org/