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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

San Antonio River Walk

 
 
San Antonio River Walk Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. San Antonio River Walk Marker
Inscription. Most cities have a river:
San Antonio has a river walk.

The San Antonio river has been an important resource since long before the arrival of the Spanish when the area was home to Native Americans. The first mission, San Antonio de Valero, was established here in 1718. Following the flood of 1724, the mission, which we call the Alamo, was moved to its present site. As San Antonio expanded into a major city, floods continued to disrupt the area. A Downtown flood in 1913 forced the city to study the problem. An engineering report in 1920 forecast serious damage and losses of life if a big flood occurred. 1921 proved the engineers right, when more than 50 lives were lost and millions of dollars of damage occurred during a flood. San Antonio took steps to reduce the risk of floods; Olmos Dam was constructed upstream to trap incoming flood waters and the horseshoe bend through downtown was cut off.

What to do with the bend became the big question. Many people wanted to fill it in and pave it over. But the San Antonio Conservation Society took up the fight to save the beautiful tree lined bend that we now enjoy. Once the bend was saved, San Antonio became a truly unique city. Beautification and development of the bend started with a plan proposed by Robert H.H. Hugman in 1927 and has continued through today.

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San Antonio River Walk Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. San Antonio River Walk Marker
City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio River Authority, Bexar County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Citizens of San Antonio have worked together to create a unique environment and to solve a geologic problem flooding. Without this cooperation, there would be no river walk.
 
Erected 1993 by Association of Engineering Geologists.
 
Location. 29° 25.467′ N, 98° 29.55′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on W. Market Street. Touch for map. The plaque is located on the W. Market Street bridge over the San Antonio River. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Twohig Lived on These Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Casas Reales (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin Cypress Mexican Sniper Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio's River Walk and Flood Control System (within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio: The Flavor of Its Past (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Storming of Bexar
Typical Scene along the San Antonio River Walk image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Typical Scene along the San Antonio River Walk
(about 300 feet away); Main Plaza Fortifications (about 300 feet away); San Antonio Mutual Aid Association (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsColonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
Saint Antonio Statue on the San Antonio River Walk image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
4. Saint Antonio Statue on the San Antonio River Walk
Wild Flowers Thrive along the San Antonio River Walk image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
5. Wild Flowers Thrive along the San Antonio River Walk
Outdoor Mosaic Artwork along the San Antonio River Walk Retaining Wall image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
6. Outdoor Mosaic Artwork along the San Antonio River Walk Retaining Wall
Shallow Barges Ferry Passengers along the San Antonio River image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
7. Shallow Barges Ferry Passengers along the San Antonio River
The San Antonio River Walk Has Many Fountains to Oxygenate the Water image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
8. The San Antonio River Walk Has Many Fountains to Oxygenate the Water
The San Antonio River Walk is Lined with Many Bars, Hotels, and Restaurants image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
9. The San Antonio River Walk is Lined with Many Bars, Hotels, and Restaurants
National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque on Opposite Side of Bridge image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
10. National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque on Opposite Side of Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,094 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on May 11, 2010, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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