local history

Daniel D. Baumer

From a retro celebration on the west side, to hot jazz, to a fully air-conditioned musical,  there's plenty to do in the Alamo City this weekend.

First off tonight--the Guadalupe Theater looks good for its age, but let's face it: it's turning 75.  Executive Director Christina Balli explains on how they're marking its birthday.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

For some residents on the Southwest Side the name Old Highway 90 West is one of character and neighborhood identity. And while the road remains, the street signs have changed to Enrique M. Barrera Parkway. And that has upset a small group of business owners and residents.  They’ve come together to have the old name restored. 

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Laura Jesse

In the 17th and 18th centuries the Spanish sought to extend their colonies by settling in what is now Bexar County.  An exhibit opening this week in San Antonio’s former Federal Reserve Building helps tell the story of how the Spanish first came to the area.

UTSA Special Collections

A long quiet history of the Tejano baseball leagues is starting to raise its voice. In the early 1900s, baseball in south Texas was a big deal. The Brownsville Tigers, the Mission 30-30s, the San Antonio Bears and many, many more were playing all across the region to healthy crowd sizes of well dressed fans. Some of these teams dated back to the 1800s.