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We are a San Antonio 300 Partner!

You may have noticed a new emblem on our web site: the Tricentennial Partner logo.  The Texas Trail Roundup is an official partner of the year-long celebration of the founding of San Antonio by Canary Islanders, 300 year ago. For the Texas Trail Roundup, being a...

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An un-CONVENT-ual Art School on the River

The Texas Trail Roundup does not take you by the Southwest School of Art -- the old Ursuline Academy -- but if you have a bit of extra time on Friday, it would make for a pleasant side visit. Their Copper Kitchen Cafe is a lovely place for lunch and the striking...

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Native People of the Yanaguana: the Coahuiltecans

The natural springs and river valley of our region have attracted human visitation and settlement for thousands of years. Prehistoric artifacts dating back at least 11,000 years have been found in Brackenridge Park, at San Antonio Springs and in the Olmos Basin. . The...

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Long Flight Home? Check Out an eBook!

In 2014, San Antonio became the first airport in the world to offer free eBook checkout, for residents and travelers alike  There are two library kiosks, one in Terminal A and the other in Terminal B departure areas. First, you must download the free...

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The World’s Ugliest Statue, Right Here on Market Street

You may have a limited window to see what may be the world's ugliest statue, currently located across from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Market Street. San Antonio is in the midst of approving a master plan for Alamo Plaza, which is expected to result in...

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Beware the Chupacabra

The legend of the chupacabra is a surprisingly recent one, originating in Puerto Rico in 1995. The name means "goat sucker" in Spanish, and a series of farm animal mutilations on the island were attributed to a horrific lizardy creature, like the one pictured above....

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2018 Texas Trail Roundup Brochure & Schedule Now Online

The brochure & schedule for the 2018 Texas Trail Roundup are now online! You can preregister by mail, for now. We'll soon be adding online registration that will allow credit card transactions. We're starting the Friday Friendship Walk on February 23  earlier in the...

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Start Earning the Patch: Vice Presidential Walks

The American Volkssport Association's Special Programs add a little spice to your walks. The Vice Presidents Walks program expires at the end of 2018. Even though only 12 events are needed to earn the patch, each VP and each walk can only be counted once, making it a...

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Dr. Shiga’s 1914 Alamo Monument

Nagashino is the Alamo of Japan; The Alamo is the Nagashino of America. Whoever knows the heroes of the Battle of Nagashino Knows the heroes of the Alamo Two monuments, one in Okazaki, Japan and one in the Alamo courtyard in San Antonio, bear these words commemorating...

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Alamo Stadium Murals: a WPA Project

During the 20k+ walk on Sunday, the Texas Trail Roundup takes you by Alamo Stadium at 110 Tuleta, across the street from Trinity University. If you have a spare moment, check out the murals at the west entrance. The federal Work Progress Administration (WPA)...

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A Monarch Champion City

In March, Monarch butterflies leave their winter home in Mexico and head north, some as far as Canada. Many of them stop over in San Antonio to lay their eggs, which become caterpillars and eventually turn into baby Monarchs, which are the butterflies that eventually...

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The Little Train in the Big Park

Since 1957, the San Antonio Zoo Eagle has chugged along the tracks skirting the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, on the route of the longer Sunday walks of the Texas Trail Roundup.  Stops include the Witte Museum, Kiddie Park, and the Japanese Tea...

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