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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 Projects 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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254 Texas Counties: Walk ’em All!

The United States has 3,144 counties and county equivalents. Delaware has three. Texas has 254. Two hundred and fifty four! Given enough time, you can walk 'em all. And the Texas County Walkers can help. The Texas County Walkers is a unique club in the American...

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May is National Physical Fitness Month

May is National Physical Fitness Month in the United States and the American Volkssport Association celebrates it with a patch.  Many AVA clubs will have this patch for sale at their May walks, so grab it while you can. National Physical Fitness Month was designated...

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Celebrate World Walk Day

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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Fiesta Medals: the Volkssporting Connection

San Antonio touts its annual Fiesta -- 20-30 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 Jacinto. The participants pelted each...

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The Gunter Hotel, Robert Johnson & the Birth of Rock-and-Roll

On November 23, 1936 Robert Johnson created the template for electric blues, which became rock-and-roll, in Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. You'll pass the Gunter, which opened in 1909, on the Friday Friendship Walk: it's on E. Houston St., across from...

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San Antonio: A City in Song

If you are working on the American Volkssport Association (AVA) Cities in Song special program, you've hit the jackpot. San Antonio is probably the most sung about city in the USA. Most folks are familiar with "San Antonio Rose," but here are five more contemporary...

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The Unique Ceramic Trail Markers in Brackenridge Park

You may have noticed the unusual trail markers in Brackenridge Park. The eastern part of the park has four wooded trails, each about a mile long. The  markers at the trailheads are by Susan Budge, who at the time of the trail markers' creation in 2006 was the head of...

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The Not-A-Frog Bridge in Brackenridge Park

After the Texas Trail Roundup Sunday walk someone asked us about San Antonio's "Frog Bridge." Actually, it's a TOAD bridge (although everyone calls it the frog bridge. Goes to show what we know.) The city commissioned ceramicist Diana Kersey to decorate a new bridge...

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Beer Here (part 2)

Earlier we wrote about the downtown brew pubs in San Antonio. Here is a selection of places to get interesting beer: The Friendly Spot is at 130 S. Alamo at the intersection with Cedar, at the edge of the King William Historic District in what we call Southtown. They...

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Time to Walk! The Hertzberg Clock

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. was widened,  the company – and...

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