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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bexar County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Bexar County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Bexar County, TX (511) Atascosa County, TX (42) Bandera County, TX (51) Comal County, TX (104) Guadalupe County, TX (81) Kendall County, TX (86) Medina County, TX (84) Wilson County, TX (56)  BexarCounty(511) Bexar County (511)  AtascosaCounty(42) Atascosa County (42)  BanderaCounty(51) Bandera County (51)  ComalCounty(104) Comal County (104)  GuadalupeCounty(81) Guadalupe County (81)  KendallCounty(86) Kendall County (86)  MedinaCounty(84) Medina County (84)  WilsonCounty(56) Wilson County (56)
San Antonio is the county seat for Bexar County
Adjacent to Bexar County, Texas
      Atascosa County (42)  
      Bandera County (51)  
      Comal County (104)  
      Guadalupe County (81)  
      Kendall County (86)  
      Medina County (84)  
      Wilson County (56)  
 
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1Texas, Bexar County, Atascosa, Medina Valley — 11745 — Site of Idlewild Community
This farming community was a growing settlement in July of 1867 when a group of Indians on horseback attacked Romanus Gross, age 51, and his 19-year-old son George on land belonging to the elder Gross' son-in-law, Michael Kauffmann. A party of men . . . Map (db m155710) HM
2Texas, Bexar County, Boldtville — 447 — Boldtville Schoolhouse
Land for this schoolhouse was given to Bexar County in 1919 by Albert F. Boldt. During that year this two-room building was constructed by local resident Fritz Gembler. From 1919 until 1960 it served as an educational facility for the children of . . . Map (db m205699) HM
3Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Government Hill — Ft. Sam Houston Quadrangle and Staff Post
The Quadrangle, a scaled-down version of Jeffersonville Depot in Indiana, was begun in 1876 and originally served as a Quartermaster Depot and Headquarters for the Department of Texas. Designed as a fortress-like building with both one and two . . . Map (db m31802) HM
4Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Near East Side — M-1905 Field Gun3" Towed on M-1902 Carriage
Adoption of the 3" field gun in 1902 gave the US Army its first rapid fire, breechloading gun with a hydrospring recoil system capable of indirect fire. The complete gun section included the gun and a caisson with 70 rounds of fixed ammunition. . . . Map (db m31613) HM
5Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Government Hill — M-48 Medium Tank 90mm "Patton"
Introduced in 1953 as part of a "family" of tank designs. The elliptical hull and turret provided greater armor protection while the M-41 90mm gun increased offensive power. Variants of the M-48 series saw service in Europe, the Middle East and . . . Map (db m31804) HM
6Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Government Hill — M-56 Howitzer 105mm Towed (Yugoslavia)
Based on the German M18/40 Light Field Howitzer used in World War II. This gun was probably sold to Iran, then captured by Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War. It was damaged in a firefight with US forces in February 1991 north of Kuwait City and abandoned. . . . Map (db m31688) HM
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7Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Government Hill — M-59 Armored Personnel Carrier
Introduced in 1953 to provide armor protected mobility to infantry squad operating with tanks. Variants included cargo carrier, ambulance, mortar carrier and reconnaissance vehicle. Weight • 42,000 lb Crew • 12 Made by • Ford Motor Co. . . . Map (db m31810) HM
8Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Near East Side — Tether Wall
This brick wall, built circa 1890, replaced the original wood fence which enclosed the corrals, stables and wagon parks for the quartermaster depot in The Quandrangle. The two nearby buildings served as blacksmith and wheelright shops.Map (db m85540) HM
9Texas, Bexar County, Fort Sam Houston, Near East Side — 16246 — The Pershing Chinese
In March, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered General John J. Pershing to lead an expedition into Mexico to punish Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary whose troops crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and attacked the town of Columbus, New . . . Map (db m85539) HM
10Texas, Bexar County, Grey Forest, Northwest Side — 13962 — Scenic Loop Playground
Businessman E.N. Requa developed Scenic Loop Playground on 320 acres north of San Antonio as a rural recreational resort within easy commuting distance from the city. Requa intended the area to be used as a retreat from the stresses of modern life . . . Map (db m163812) HM
11Texas, Bexar County, Helotes, Far West Side — 14737 — Gugger Homestead
Arnold Gugger, son of Swiss-born Helotes Pioneers Anton and Marie Gugger, built this house and store circa 1881. Its site on the east bank of Helotes Creek was ideal for Gugger’s blacksmith shop, general store and saloon, and Arnold and wife . . . Map (db m163155) HM
12Texas, Bexar County, Helotes, Far West Side — 2432 — Helotes
According to archeologists, human occupation of the Helotes area dates to about 7000 years before present, when small bands of Nomadic Indians who migrated seasonally in search of food and game camped in this vicinity. Early Texas Pioneer John . . . Map (db m46922) HM
13Texas, Bexar County, Helotes, Far West Side — 13262 — John T. Floore Country Store
In 1945, as the Second World War drew to a close, John T. Floore, manager of San Antonio's Majestic Theatre, purchased land in this vicinity. He created the Floore Subdivision, planning it as a center for the community of Helotes, which had . . . Map (db m163150) HM
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14Texas, Bexar County, Helotes, Northwest Side — 16488 — Marnoch Homestead
Scottish surgeon Dr. George Frederick Marnoch (1802-1870) purchased more than 1500 acres at this site in the fall of 1858. In January 1859, Marnoch commissioned famed San Antonio architect and builder John M. Fries to construct this house near . . . Map (db m163145) HM
15Texas, Bexar County, Helotes, Far West Side — 17310 — R.L. White Ranch
Ryall Luther White (1878-1962) was born in Jasper, Texas to John Luther Calvin White and Texanna Priscilla Ryall White. He married his wife, Ethel Gertrude Smyth, in 1907 and began working for his father-in-law as the manager of the Uvalde Rock . . . Map (db m163142) HM
16Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — Aviation Cadets
In Honour of the Aviation Cadets Who Worshipped in Chapel No. 1 Their Heroic Deeds and Noble Sacrifices in Defense of Our Country Serve to Inspire Future GenerationsMap (db m33893) WM
17Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — C-121 "Constellation"General William V. McBride
The C-121, so designated by the USAF in 1948, was developed from the C-69 military transport that had originated as a commercial transport for TransWorld and Pan American Airlines. The C-69's were assigned to Air Transport Command during the last . . . Map (db m31584) HM
18Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — MTI Monument
Dedicated to the United States Air Force Enlisted Corps represented by the Military Training Instructors who mold the Air Force of today and tomorrow Presented to the Air Force Military Training Center Lackland AFB Texas 16 . . . Map (db m31606) WM
19Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — OCS Class 62-A
Dedicated to those young airmen who became known as Class 62-A U.S.A.F. Officer Candidate School Apr. 3 1961-Sept. 22, 1961 To Our Fallen Comrades Rest Easy, Sleep Well My Brother. Know The Line Was Held, Your . . . Map (db m33830) WM
20Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — One More Roll
We toast our hearty comrades who have fallen from the sky..... And were gently caught on God's own hand to be with him on high..... To dwell among the soaring clouds they knew so well before From Dawn Patrol to Victory Roll at . . . Map (db m33897) WM
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21Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — Order of Daedalians / Fighter Aces Association
Order of Daedalians The National Fraternity of Military Pilots Established in 1934 by Army Air Corp pilots who flew in World War I, today the mission of the Order is being perpetuated by pilot officers of all the military services of the . . . Map (db m33898) HM
22Texas, Bexar County, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland AFB — USAF Officer Candidate SchoolLackland AFB 1947 to 1963 — Enlisted Stripes to Officer Bars —
In Memory of Our Departed ClassmatesMap (db m33889) WM
23Texas, Bexar County, Leon Valley, Northwest Side — 1516 — Evers Family Cemetery
Claus (1817-1900) and Johanna (1818-1905) Evers and their children Christian (1847-1915) and Christina (1850-1914) came to Texas from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in 1855. They moved here in 1874. This cemetery began on their farm in 1877, when a . . . Map (db m171800) HM
24Texas, Bexar County, Leon Valley, Northwest Side — 14818 — Huebner-Onion Homestead and Stagecoach Stop
This site was home to two important area families, as well as a stagecoach stop in the 1800s. Development here began in 1858 when Joseph Huebner and his family who arrived from Austria five years earlier, bought acreage surrounding what is now . . . Map (db m171819) HM
25Texas, Bexar County, Leon Valley, Far West Side — Leon Valley Meeting Place
In 1940, Raymond Rimkus established a food and variety store on this site. Being the only store in the area. It became a meeting place for the community. Here the City of Leon Valley was founded in 1952 with Raymond Rimkus becoming the first . . . Map (db m171822) HM
26Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — 567 — Building 100"The Taj Mahal"
In 1928 the San Antonio Airport Company purchased 2300 acres of land near the city and donated it to the United States Army Air Corps for development of a consolidated flight training facility. Called “The West Point of the Air”, Randolph Field . . . Map (db m201912) HM
27Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — Cessna T-37 Tweet
First jet aircraft of its type with side-by-side seating for instructor and student. Used in pilot instructor training at Randolph 1965- Speed: 380 mph Range: 663 miles Weight: 6,600 lb Service Ceiling: 35,100 ftMap (db m31482) HM
28Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — Gas and Electric Sub Station
Site of US Army Air Corps Primary Flying School Gas and Electric Sub Station Construction completed 6 Jun 1931 Dedicated on 27 Dec 1996Map (db m31776) HM
29Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — Missing Man Monument
Dedicated to Those Americans Lost In Southeast Asia Combat 4 March 1977 Sculptor: Mark PritchettMap (db m31134) WM
30Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — Post Chapel
Site of US Army Air Corps Primary Flying School Post Chapel Construction completed 19 Jul 1934 Dedicated on 30 Sep 1993 ——————— Chapel One 50 years dedicated service to the . . . Map (db m31786) HM
31Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — Post Exchange
Site of US Army Air Corps Primary Flying School Post Exchange Construction completed 23 Apr 1931 Dedicated on 30 Sep 1993Map (db m31774) HM
32Texas, Bexar County, Randolph Air Force Base, Northeast Side — PX Filling Station
Site of US Army Air Corps Primary Flying School PX Filling Station Construction completed 23 Feb 1935 Dedicated on 27 Dec 1996Map (db m31775) HM
33Texas, Bexar County, Saint Hedwig — 13574 — Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery
In December 1854, Polish settlers began arriving in eastern Bexar County from their homeland in Upper Silesia. The early community of fewer than 20 families was called Martinez. In 1857, residents built a mission log church on the land of Ludwig . . . Map (db m205628) HM
34Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Hemisfair — "Flower the Tower"Convention Center Service Project — June 24, 2001 —
Founded in 1905, Rotary International is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois and is the world’s oldest service organization. This plaque is erected on the occasion of the 92nd Annual Convention in which more than 20,000 Rotarians from over 120 . . . Map (db m30193) HM
35Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Edgewood — 6 — "Kelly No. 2" Flight Line
In November 1916, Maj. Benjamin Foulois of the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army's Signal Corps chose a tract of land approximately three-fourths of a mile to the southeast of this spot to serve as a flying field for the Army Aviation Corps. In . . . Map (db m65285) HM
36Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — "Save the Plaza"San Antonio Express, Sept. 17, 1887 — Main Plaza —
These plazas, or squares, are absolutely necesarias for the health, comfort and convenience of the public, and all are equally interested in maintaining them for the people .. no obstruction of a permanent character should ever be allowed upon . . . Map (db m215052) HM
37Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — "The Founders"
56 Canary Islanders founded a village, "San Fernando de Béjar", after arriving March 9, 1731. They walked nearly 1,200 miles from Veracruz, with children, livestock and all their worldly possessions, for more than six months after a . . . Map (db m179534) HM
38Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, South San Antonio — Dedicated to Brigadier General Harold E. (Hal) Confer
While serving in the Strategic Air Command as a B-52 aircraft commander, Major Confer was selected to be in the initial cadre that launched the first operational B-58 flying program. The B-58 was the United States first Mach 2 bomber, he was . . . Map (db m207775) HM
39Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — 17054 — In Re Ricardo Rodriguez
In 1896, a court case involving Ricardo Rodríguez brought attention to questions of citizenship and voting rights for Mexican Texans. Although several actions had granted citizenship to large numbers of Tejanos during the 1800s, some sought to . . . Map (db m130096) HM
40Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — San Antonio: The Flavor of Its Pastby Donald Everett, San Antonio Express, June 3, 1879 — Main Plaza —
In years gone by, the southern portion of Main Plaza was devoted to the restaurant purposes of the Mexicans, and there one could obtain at any time a plate of chili-con-carne, frijoles, tamales, or whatever his taste might crave in the way of . . . Map (db m30206) HM
41Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — 141st Infantry Regiment"Remember the Alamo" — Oldest Militia Unit in Texas —
Texas Revolution - 1836 Spanish-American War - 1898 Cuban Occupation - 1898 Mexican Border Serivce - 1916 World War I - 1918 World War II 1940-1945 Campaigns Naples-Foggia • Anzio Rome-Arno • Southern France Ardennes • Alsace . . . Map (db m32656) HM
42Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — 200th Anniversary of San Antonio Municipal Government
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43Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — 4519 — 250th Anniversary of the Founding of San Antonio
Area was first explored and named by Spaniards in 1691. Colonial settlement began here May 1-5, 1718, with founding of Franciscan Mission San Antonio de Valero (later known as "The Alamo"). In vicinity of the mission was the Presidio San Antonio . . . Map (db m30588) HM
44Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — 4 Pound Replica Cannons
These iron 4 pound cannon replicas are based on the measurements of the cannons recovered in 1852 by Samuel Maverick near the northwest corner of the Alamo. Archival research indicates that these cannons were on site but not in use during the Battle . . . Map (db m188609) HM
45Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — A Base RenamedHanger 9
Brooks Air Force Base was originally named Kelly Field No. 5. In 1918, it was renamed to honor Sidney J. Brooks, a San Antonio pilot whose plane went down during his final training flight, resulting in his death.Map (db m208026) HM
46Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — A Century TurnsHanger 9
The Air Force mission ceased at Brooks Air Force Base on September 15, 2011, ending 94 years of military activity. The property was conveyed for redevelopment to Brooks Development Authority (BDA) in a unique partnership between the U.S. Air Force, . . . Map (db m208190) HM
47Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — 2 — A Chronicle of Floods and Their Legacy of Calamities
Engineering, technology, and great labor were needed to protect the city from periodic deluges. Nature Nurtures Our Communities, but it can also cause great destruction. This creek, that served as the cradle of first settlement in 1718 . . . Map (db m213481) HM
48Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — A Few Good MenHanger 9
Plenty of legendary pilots were trained at Brooks. Some notables include Charles Lindbergh, who became the first pilot to fly across the Atlantic and Jimmy Doolittle, who led a critical mission during the Pacific War in 1942.Map (db m208024) HM
49Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Harlandale — 6 — A Luxury Getaway for the Rich & Famous
Although Bexar County had three popular mineral water spas at one time, none of the others equaled Hot Wells Hotel's reputation for luxury. Hot Wells guests could choose from a variety of facilities: 3 swimming pools, 45 private bathing . . . Map (db m213243) HM
50Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Eastside Promise Neighborhood — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the US government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury tallen Union . . . Map (db m163714) HM
51Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — 30 — A Poor Settlement Takes Shape at the Northern Frontier of New Spain
By the Early 1720s the mission, presidio, and villa, established by the Spanish on the upper reaches of San Pedro Creek, had been moved downstream and closer to the San Antonio River. The mission was located on the east side of the river, and . . . Map (db m214538) HM
52Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — A Presidential ActHanger 9
The Air Force School of Aviation Medicine moved to Brooks in 1959, making it the center of space medicine research. The Aerospace Medical complex was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 the day before his assassination in Dallas, Texas, . . . Map (db m208020) HM
53Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — A Richly Layered History
This Multi-Layered Urban Cultral Site, which was uncovered by archaeologists during construction, is a testament to the confluence of ethnic groups who have directly shaped the unique culture of San Antonio. The sediment encapsulated under these . . . Map (db m214344) HM
54Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — A Sacred Place
Holy Ground This is the site of a burial ground. Beginning about 1780, the remains of indigenous people and other local inhabitants were interred in this church that was never completed. They were removed during an archeological . . . Map (db m213536) HM
55Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — Acequia (Irrigation Ditch)
Acequia or irrigation ditch, part of the original acequia built to supply farms and the Mission San Antonio del Valero.Map (db m30716) HM
56Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — 17368 — Acequia de Arriba
In the late 1700s, residents of the Villa de San Fernando petitioned the King of Spain for permission to furrow an acequia (irrigation ditch) to water the land for the growing population. After years of opposition from the San Antonio de Valero . . . Map (db m213326) HM
57Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — Acequia Labor de ArribaUpper Labor Acequia
Begun in 1776, this acequia diverted water for irrigation from the San Antonio River headwaters area in Brackenridge Park. The acequia route went past this point, along St. Mary's Street and Euclid, crossing the 1738 Acequia Principal near Cypress . . . Map (db m213327) HM
58Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Hemisfair — 78 — Acequia Madre de Valero
One in a network of ditches begun by the Spanish and their Indian charges at the founding of San Antonio in 1718. Hand-dug and made of dressed limestone, the acequia diverted water from San Antonio River through fields belonging to San Antonio de . . . Map (db m195103) HM
59Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — 86 — Adina de Zavala(November 28, 1861 – March 1, 1955)
As the granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala (1789-1836), first vice-president of the Republic of Texas, young Adina de Zavala was exposed to vivid accounts of Texas' revolutionary and republican past. She became a guiding force in the preservation . . . Map (db m61083) HM
60Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Nevada Street — 15124 — Adina Emilia de Zavala
Teacher, historian and preservationist Adina Emilia de Zavala was born in Harris County, Texas, on November 28, 1861. She was the daughter of Augustine and Julia Tyrrell de Zavala, and the granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala, first Vice-President of . . . Map (db m163739) HM
61Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — Aerial RevolutionsHanger 9
Brooks has been home to revolutionary advancements in aviation such as "flying blind," in which pilots rely on airplane instruments to fly through conditions of low visibility. The world's first transcontinental flight took place from Brooks as a . . . Map (db m208191) HM
62Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — Alamo Funeral Pyre
On this spot bodies of heroes slain at the Alamo were burned on a funeral pyre. Fragments of the bodies were afterward buried here. This tablet is the gift of relatives of Green B. Jemision and of other friends. Second Marker The De . . . Map (db m30589) HM
63Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — 96 — Alamo Low Barracks and Main Gateway
Mission San Antonio de Valero, established nearby in 1718, was relocated here in 1724. By 1762, the mission plaza was enclosed by thick stone and adobe walls. The 11x14-foot main gateway was located at this site along the south wall. In 1803 . . . Map (db m30713) HM
64Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — 98 — Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Company
Near this site in 1879, Englishman William Loyd discovered a blue argillaceous limestone believed to be a natural cement rock. Analysis by San Antonio druggist and chemist George H. Kalteyer confirmed the rock contained proper proportions of lime . . . Map (db m65282) HM
65Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Inner West Side — 11741 — Alejo de la Encarnación Pérez(March 23, 1835 - October 10, 1918)
Alejo de la Encarnación Pérez, infant son of Maria Juana Navarro Pérez, was the youngest known survivor of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. From 1861 to 1864 Alejo served in the Confederate Army. After the Civil War he served the city of San Antonio in . . . Map (db m201644) HM
66Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Arsenal — 18172 — Alfred Giles House
Alfred Giles is remembered as a major architect who designed many edifices throughout Texas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in 1853 in Hillingdon, Middlesex County, England, Giles spent his early days as an architect's . . . Map (db m118800) HM
67Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — American DancersFerdinand Roemer, Texas, 1849 — Main Plaza —
The dancers who... were many young Americans...sought earnestly to act gracefully toward their partners, but in comparison with the natural charm and grace of their companions, the contrast was very obvious. This national difference was still more . . . Map (db m188818) HM
68Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — American Legion Memorial Highway
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69Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — An Archaeological PuzzleArchaeology for Preservation
At this location an exciting discovery was made. Approximately two feet below the current surface archaeologist recently uncovered a circular stone platform - but what is it? Alamo archaeologist Kristi Nichols explains, "It appears to be . . . Map (db m188522) HM
70Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — An Epic VisitHanger 9
"There will be, as there always are, pressures in this country to do less in this area as in so many others, and temptations to do something else that is perhaps easier. But this research here must go on. This space effort must go on. The conquest . . . Map (db m208019) HM
71Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — Archaeology in Brackenridge Park
This Land Near the San Antonio River, known today as Brackenridge Park, has been a gathering place since prehistoric times. Because of this rich history, numerous archaeological projects have been conducted within the park. These investigations . . . Map (db m214785) HM
72Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, La Villita — Articles of Capitulation
In this place General Cos signed articles capitulating to the Texans who under Milam and Johnson took San Antonio Dec. 9, 1835.Map (db m82889) HM
73Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, South San Antonio — B-58 HustlerNo. 59-2437
Dedicated 17 November 1991 to the Kelly Field Heritage Foundation by Lt Gen (Ret) Thomas McMullen, Maj Gen (Ret) Lewis G. Curtis and Maj Gen Richard D. Smith The B-58 was the world's first supersonic strategic bomber and set . . . Map (db m207777) HM
74Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — 300 — Barbed Wire
At first called "Devil's Rope" by cowboys, barbed wire was patented in 1873 but found little favor with Texas cattlemen until the late 1870s, when its use and practicality were shown in a sensational demonstration here in San Antonio. Its . . . Map (db m61084) HM
75Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — 11742 — Barbed Wire Demonstration
Once called "bobwire" by cowboys, barbed wire was a French invention first patented in the U.S., in 1867, but it did not gain favor with cattlemen until late 1870s. Joseph Glidden of Dekalb, Illinois, received a patent for his barbed wire in 1874, . . . Map (db m30607) HM
76Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Alamo Plaza — Battle of the Alamo
By 1835, tensions between those in Mexico who supported republican ideals and the centralist Mexican government had escalated into all-out war. Seeking their independence, Texan revolutionaries won the town of San Antonio de Béxar from . . . Map (db m188616) HM
77Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Government Hill — 13266 — Belgian Transit of Venus Observation Site
The year 1639 marked the first recorded observation of Venus crossing the Sun. Sir Edmund Halley (1656-1742) later predicted that using data from such crossings, known as transits, scientists could precisely quantify the astronomical unit of . . . Map (db m179653) HM
78Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — 18014 — Belknap Place
This street, located in the Monte Vista Historic District of San Antonio, is the oldest existing concrete pavement in Texas and a significant civil engineering achievement. At the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. was urbanizing and new more . . . Map (db m213323) HM
79Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, La Villita — Benito Juarez1806 - 1872
El Presidente Benito Juárez encabezó la Reforma que consolidó el México moderno, defendió la soberanía nacional contra la intervención extranjera e impulsó el desarrollo económico del país. As one of the creators of modern Mexico, President . . . Map (db m82940) HM
80Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — 3370 — Benjamin Rush Milam
Right Panel Preeminent Hero of Texas A man of rare initiative and courage • Of a modest and winning personality A devoted friend • Born in Frankfort Kentucky in 1788 Soldier in the War of 1812 Back Panel Trader with the . . . Map (db m213076) WM
81Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — Berg's Mill
The San Antonio River Provided Early Settlers with water for their homes and fields and power for small mills that ground corn and other grains. The first known mill was built at Mission San José in the 1790s, and by the late 1800s, many others, . . . Map (db m213417) HM
82Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — Berg's Mill Community
The San Antonio River Provided Power for mills that lined its banks from the headwater springs north of town to Mission Espada, a short distance south of here. Several mills built near this site, beginning in the middle 1800s, became the center . . . Map (db m213431) HM
83Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — Bexar County Commissioners CourtBexar County Plaza / Bexar County Courthouse / Lady Justice Fountain
Nelson W. Wolff – County Judge Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez – Commissioner, Pct. 1 Paul Elizondo – Commissioner, Pct. 2 Kevin A. Wolff – Commissioner, Pct. 3 Tommy Adkisson – Commissioner, Pct. . . . Map (db m118105) HM
84Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Main/Military Plaza — 400 — Bexar County Under Nine Governments Reported missing
The administrative government of Bexar County, besides being the oldest in Texas, is distinguished by having served under nine governments. The community served under Spanish rule from May, 1718, until January, 1811, when it was taken over by . . . Map (db m53972) HM
85Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Arsenal — 18355 — Biesenbach House
A German immigrant, August Biesenbach (1848-1915) and his wife, Louisa (1852-1916), began construction of this house in 1880. The walls of the house are stucco over brick with a hipped roof and Gothic Revival details. From 1910 to 1955, the house . . . Map (db m118875) HM
86Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — 4 — Birth of a Community
The chronicle of encounters over decades and centuries tells the story of a city's beginnings and emergence. Beginning In The 1680s, 160 years after the conquest of Mexico, several Spanish expeditions entered the still uncharted . . . Map (db m213498) HM
87Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Eastside Promise Neighborhood — Bivouac of the Dead
From The Bivouac of the Dead By Theodore O'Hara The muffled drum's sad roll has beat The soldier's last tattoo, No more on life's parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame's eternal camping-ground Their silent . . . Map (db m177357) WM
88Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, La Villita — S — Bolivar Hall
Construction of Bolivar Hall was begun in 1940 and completed in 1941. The combination library, museum, and community center was dedicated to the promotion of inter-American peace, and was named in honor of South American patriot, Simon Bolivar. . . . Map (db m82915) HM
89Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, La Villita — H — Bombach House and Store
Otto Bombach, a carpenter, built this combination house and store in 1856 before moving to Mexico. His wife lived here and managed the property until it was sold in 1869. Victor Bracht, author of Texas in 1848, lived here briefly, and in . . . Map (db m82888) HM
90Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, La Villita — B — Bowen-Kirchner House
Margarita Pérez de Rodríguez, consort of Compañía de Béxar soldier Jose Antonio Rodríguez, was given this land "in satisfaction of her constitutional allowance." She sold the property in 1851 to San Antonio postmaster John Bowen, who conveyed it to . . . Map (db m82896) HM
91Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — Bowen's Island
The narrow strip of land known to residents in the middle 1800s as Galveston Island was actually a peninsula surrounded on three sides by a bend in the San Antonio River. It was called an island because the fourth side was almost completely closed . . . Map (db m128527) HM
92Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Downtown — 474 — Bowen's Island
This tract of land is a natural peninsula in the San Antonio River. It once was bounded by the river on three sides and on the fourth by the Concepcion Acequia. In 1845 John Bowen, a native of Philadelphia, bought the property from Maria Josefa . . . Map (db m30864) HM
93Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — Brackenridge Park Before 1899
Native Americans Camped for thousands of years along the meandering river formed by springs near this site. They found shelter in the wooded landscape and were nourished by abundant vegetation and wildlife. Spanish colonists who arrived in the . . . Map (db m214754) HM
94Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Midtown — Brackenridge Park Since 1899
The City Immediately Began to improve George Brackenridge's 199-acre gift. Ludwig Mahncke, chairman of the city's Parks and Plazas Committee, designed winding roads and paths through the dense woods. Recreational attractions were added as the . . . Map (db m214762) HM
95Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Uptown — Brackenridge Villa
In 1897, the Sisters purchased the 283 acre Fernridge estate from Colonel George W. Brackenridge as the site for a new Motherhouse for the growing Congregation. The house was renamed the Brackenridge Villa by the Sisters. After 3 years as the . . . Map (db m214713) HM
96Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Uptown — Brackenridge Villa Memorial
In memory of those who served and those who continue to serveMap (db m214715) WM
97Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Uptown — Bridge Over the San Antonio River
Until the mid-1980's, the Sisters' land west of the San Antonio River was a natural, wooded area, with many headwaters springs. Sisters recall walking through a "wilderness" and seeing springs bubbling up from the ground. A small dam downstream . . . Map (db m214709) HM
98Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — Bridging the Gulch
To assure a constant flow of water to Mission Espada's fields, Franciscans and Indians dug ditches curving along the contours of the river valley. Only here, where Sixmile Creek slashes the hillside, did the natural lay of the land impose a blockade . . . Map (db m213544) HM
99Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — 13363 — Brooks Air Force Base Hangar 9
Built early in 1918 for JN-4 (Jenny) planes used in World War I pilot training. In later classes here were many great pilots, including Chas. A. Lindbergh, first man to solo across the Atlantic. "Old 9" was initiation site of Blind Flying . . . Map (db m208009) HM
100Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio, Southside — 473 — Brooks Field Hangar 91940 - 1980
On 5 February 1940 flying cadets of class 40-A became the first to receive flight training here since 1931, when Randolph Field opened. Class 40-A was the first ever to receive advanced flight training here, thereby initiating this mission for . . . Map (db m208011) HM

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Feb. 3, 2023