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San Antonio’s Chili Queens (and Frito Pie!)

San Antonio’s Chili Queens (and Frito Pie!)

From the 1860s until the late 1930s, both visitors and locals enjoyed the food and entertainment offered in the plazas of San Antonio by the Chili Queens. These women served chili con carne and other Mexican American foods from dusk until dawn at the San Antonio...

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The Faux Bois of San Antonio

The Faux Bois of San Antonio

Throughout the city of San Antonio you will find the work of Dionicio Rodriguez, carried on by his great nephew, Carlos Cortés: Faux Bois, or, false wood. In Mexico it is often referred to as trabajero rustico (rustic work) but it all means the same thing: concrete...

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The Alamo: John Wayne Has a Lot to Answer For

The Alamo: John Wayne Has a Lot to Answer For

Here in San Antonio we get a kick out of visitors who ask, "where is the Alamo?" -- and they are standing right in front of it! In the iconic 1960 John Wayne movie of that name his first view of the Alamo is across the dry Texas plains. Even in 1836, the Alamo was...

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Japanese Tea Garden Walk, 23 November, 2019

Japanese Tea Garden Walk, 23 November, 2019

DISTANCES: 10km/5km (6.2mi/3.1mi) The trails are rated 2A and are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. This is a lovely walk in the Tea Garden, Brackenridge Park, and Trinity University. The weather should be great at this time of year....

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How We Almost Lost Our River

How We Almost Lost Our River

DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE THIS IS A FEATURED YEAR-ROUND EVENT  You can walk in the North Star Mall ANY Day (use our online Start Box.) This is the ONE day a year we have a human being on site to stamp your books! We offer a 10 km (four loops) and 5 km (2 loops) walk in...

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The Six Flags That Flew Over Texas

The Six Flags That Flew Over Texas

The River Walk draws several million tourists a year, is ranked as one of the top travel destinations in Texas and has inspired riverside developments throughout the world. San Antonio almost covered it over with cement. At the end of the 19th Century the San Antonio...

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It’s Official: We’re an IML!!!

It’s Official: We’re an IML!!!

Since its founding in 1718, six countries have claimed sovereignty over Texas. The slogan "Six flags over Texas"  has been incorporated into shopping malls, theme parks, and other enterprises. The six flags are also shown on the reverse of the Seal of Texas. The first...

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Time to Walk! The Hertzberg Clock

Time to Walk! The Hertzberg Clock

That's Susan Medlin on the far right unfurling the IML Walking flag to celebrate the Texas Trail Roundup's acceptance into this elite walking group. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Antonio Walking Event Joins Elite International Group SAN ANTONIO, Texas – May 2, 2019 –...

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May 8: World Walking Day at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area

May 8: World Walking Day at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area

This entry was updated for 2019 On  Friday's Friendship Walks you stroll by the Hertzberg Clock. Cast in iron by E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, it was first installed in front of Eli Hertzberg Jewelry Company on Commerce Street in 1878. In 1910, when Commerce St....

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Fiesta Medals: the Volkssporting Connection

Fiesta Medals: the Volkssporting Connection

Every year on May 8 the IVV — our parent organization, the International Federation of Popular Sport — hosts World Walking Day. On that day, or sometime during that week, people all over the world celebrate the fun, fitness and friendship that we get from simply...

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May 17: King William / MaiFest Walk

May 17: King William / MaiFest Walk

This article has been updated for 2019 San Antonio touts its annual Fiesta --18-28 April this year -- as a "party with a purpose." It traces its origins to 1890 with the first "Battle of the Flowers" parade, commemorating the Texians victory over Santa Anna at San...

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What is an IML Walk?

What is an IML Walk?

This entry was updated for 2019 On  Friday's Friendship Walks you stroll by the Hertzberg Clock. Cast in iron by E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, it was first installed in front of Eli Hertzberg Jewelry Company on Commerce Street in 1878. In 1910, when Commerce St....

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Sunken Garden Theater: The Other Half of the Quarry

Sunken Garden Theater: The Other Half of the Quarry

The Texas Trail Roundup has spent three years working hard to have our event sanctioned by the IML, which we hope will happen at their May 2019 meeting in Blankenberge, Belgium. Volkssporters may wonder: what is IML? Think of it as a cousin the IVV and the AVA. We...

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