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San Antonio, Texas


San Antonio 1903. The city during the past two years has experienced considerable improvements in the way of new buildings constructed and the prospects are very favorable for a good revival in the building trade. Several very large buildings are in the near future a strong possi­bility. Quite a number of new manufactories have been started, and the outlook is very favorable for a number of others to be established. A market, with hall above, costing $45,000 and capable of seating 4,000 people, is one of the attractions of the city. A magnificent public library building, costing $45,000 has been constructed. The city has finished the construction of a good many miles of asphalt streets, which cost $500,000. Our city is enjoying a greater amount of prosperity than ever before in its history.  Read more of San Antonio in 1903 >>

San Antonio 1935. San Antonio de Bexar.—The ancient town of Bexar is situated in the western part of the undu­lating region on the San Antonio river, which flows through it, and is remarkably pleasant and healthy. This place is latitude 29o25’, one hundred and forty miles from the coast, and con­tains two thousand five hundred inhabitants, all native Mexicans, with the exception of a very few American families who have settled there. A mil­itary outpost was established at this spot by the Spanish government in 1718. In the year 1731, the town was settled by emigrants sent out from the Canary Islands by the king of Spain. It be­came a flourishing settlement, and so continued till the revolution in 1812. Since which period the Comanche and other Indians have greatly harassed the inhabitants, producing much indi­vidual suffering, and totally destroying for a sea­son, at least, the prosperity of the town. It is the capital of the province, and has been rendered a place of considerable notice, as the seat of the late war, and by the surrender of Cos, to the pa­triot army of Texas under Gen. Burleson, on the 11th of December, 1835; by the conquest of which not a Mexican soldier in arms was left in the State of Texas. - Texas by Holley, Mary Austin; Austin, Texas, 1935, pages 112-113

San Antonio 1937. San Antonio with its heritage of romance and grandeur merged with the sparkling newness of the Twentieth Century, is a paradise for sight-seers and pleasure-hungry travelers, a city of unusual contrasts. Crowded by the towering buildings of modern San Antonio are the many beautiful old structures erected about 1700 by soft-spoken priests and harsh grandees of the King of Spain. The City’s founding dates back to 1731, when a municipality was established here by the King of Spain, although history records that as early as 1691 a garrison had been established here by New Spain. For many years prior to that date it is known that an Indian village surrounded San Pedro Springs, now in the northern part of the city, nestled in the heart of beautiful San Pedro Park.  Read more of San Antonio in 1937 >>

San Antonio Churches in 1903

San Antonio, Texas City Directories



San Antonio, TX 29° 25' 26.8392" N, 98° 29' 37.0608" W