It’s a program created by the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne and it’s got a very retro feel. Hearkening back to the Beatles album, it's called the Magical History Tour.
“What we are trying to do is to introduce our patrons, and anyone else who’s interested, to the history of the region," said Heath librarian Robin Stauber. To do so they’ve created these tours, and Stauber said they have gone all over the place.
“We’ve been to New Braunfels, we’ve been to Bandera, we’ve been to Castroville, we've been into San Antonio to do some things there,” Stauber said.
A pivotal historic event happened about 40 miles north of San Antonio, and odds are you’ve never heard of it. It’s called the Battle of Walker’s Creek. Historian and author Sam Gwynne (he writes as S.C. Gwynne) describes it this way.
"It was a major change in the way that Indian warfare was conducted," Gwynne said. "And the story behind it is one of the great stories of the American West."
As he details, that story centers around Texas Ranger Jack Hays.
In every city there are hidden gems; places off the beaten trail, less known and less likely to be a tourist attraction, their cultural and historical value less straight forward.
Such sites include the marriage of Mexican craftsmanship and Spanish engineering that resulted in Espada Dam and aquaduct, the history of the cemetery on East Commerce, little family-owned shops that have maintained the traditions of their forebears, the spots far from city center, the repurposed, and the countless places overrun by time.
The Boehler Building gained its distinctive starboard slant as a result of surviving the big flood of 1921. Water reached the bottom of the second floor and when it receded, the building leaned dramatically to its right and has remained so ever since.
The City’s Historic and Design Review Commission has denied permission for the Boehler Building’s owner to move the leaning structure to the Pearl property down the street.
The new owner of the crooked building, which many people still call the Liberty Bar, wanted to move it from its location on Josephine at the Hwy 281 exit, two blocks south to the corner of Avenue A and Pearl Parkway.
Once a military training ground, the Plaza de Armas building near City Hall is entering a new phase of its historic life.
On Thursday, city council members approved an amendment to the design-and-build contract, increasing the project's cost by $1.4 million for a total of $11 million. The council also voted in favor of Executive Chef Chuck Hernandez's restaurant, O'liva, being located within the complex of Plaza de Armas.
More than 500 community members, state and local officials and civic leaders gathered at Temple Beth-El on Friday to pay their respects to the “Father of Hemisfair" and civil rights leader, Bill Sinkin, who died Monday, February 3 at the age of 100.
A little over ten years ago, Bill celebrated his 90th birthday at La Villita. At the celebration, all guests were asked to wear a bowtie--Sinkin's signature accessory--in his honor.
You don’t have to be any particular denomination — or any denomination — to be interested in downtown’s church architecture and history. The city's Office of Historic Preservation continues with its historic walking tour program.
San Antonio is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. An assistant said Bill Sinkin passed away peacefully Monday evening, to the tunes of The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” surrounded by family and friends.
His many friends say Sinkin’s spirit will live on in them and in his widespread contributions to San Antonio.
In a couple of spots along W. W. White Road on the city’s East Side, tall Crapemyrtle trees stand strong in the grassy easements at both of Bill Sinkin’s former bank buildings.
A near derailment for the city’s forthcoming streetcar program when Texas attorney general’s office reversed its initial finding saying the city transit corporation couldn’t sell bonds to fund its new transit centers.
Attorney General Gregg Abbott’s argument was that people in San Antonio voted twice against light rail and this is light rail. The city sued and won last week.