San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The River in the 1800's
San Antonio grew from a small Spanish colonial town to a bustling American city between 1800 and 1900. Years of fighting for independence - first from Spain and then from Mexico - left San Antonio in ruins. Rebuilding began during the Republic of Texas era (1836-1845) and increased after Texas entered the union in 1846. New residents, many of them European immigrants, were charmed by the town's swiftly flowing river lined with old adobe structures. They built homes along the waterway, harnessing its energy to power mills and manufacturing facilities.
As quaint structures were replaced by more substantial buildings, the growing city gradually turned its back to the river. More bridges, dams, and buildings obstructed river flow, and after a flood in 1868 caused extensive damage city leaders promised corrective actions. The removal of vegetation and dams, however, failed to increase water flow. And when drought and pumping from deep wells combined to dry up the springs feeding the river in the 1890s, it was clear that the river was forever changed.
Location. 29° 25.907′ N, 98° 29.266′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from Lexington Avenue north of Avenue A, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the San Antonio River Walk, on the south side of the river, 1/10 mile east of the Lexington Avenue bridge. Marker is a short walk from the 107 Avenue A
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River Communities (here, next to this marker); The River in the 1900s (here, next to this marker); The San Antonio River (here, next to this marker); Missions in the San Antonio River Valley (here, next to this marker); The Hugman Dam (a few steps from this marker); Mayor Maury Maverick Mural (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The San Antonio River (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Navarro Street Bridge (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
More about this marker. This marker is one of five adjacent San Antonio River historical markers at this location.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. San Antonio River History
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1. German Immigration to Texas. The largest ethnic group in Texas derived directly from Europe was persons of German birth or descent. As early as 1850, they constituted more than 5 percent of the total Texas population, a proportion that remained constant through the remainder of the nineteenth century. By the 1890s sizable German elements had appeared in Texas cities, particularly in San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. As late as 1880 the population of San Antonio was one-third German. By then a greater percentage of Germans lived in towns and cities (Submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The San Antonio River. When the Texas Revolution began, the river became the scene of heroic and catastrophic engagements, including the battle of Concepción, the Grass Fight, the siege of Bexar, the Goliad Massacre, and the battle of the Alamo. Although the San Antonio River has furnished drinking and irrigation water as well as power to turn the wheels of mills, foundries, and tanneries, in recent times it has been most significant for its beauty. In the city of San Antonio, where it is spanned by more than fifty bridges, this unhurried stream runs fifteen miles across six miles of city blocks. (Submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Last updated on July 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.