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San Fernando Cathedral

The site for the Church of San Fernando was selected on July 2, 1731, when Juan Antonio Pérez de Almazán, captain of the Presidio of San Antonio, laid out a central square for the villa of San Fernando de Béxar. The cornerstone for the first attempt to build a stone...

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Take a Walk in a City Park

One of the American Volkssport Association's Special Programs is "Take a Walk in a City Park." During the Texas Trail Roundup, you will do that. And do it again, and again, putting you on track to fill up the 20 walks required to earn the cool patch. We have almost...

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Bird Invasion!

In the fall and winter, at dusk and into the night, the trees and utility wires of San Antonio are covered in birds. Squawking, raucous, big black birds, straight from a Hitchcock movie. They are Quiscalus Mexicanus, called el Zanate in Mexico, where they originate....

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Stop by the Award-Winning Confluence Park

Last year's Texas Trail Roundup missed the grand opening of Confluence Park by two weeks.. This is your chance to see this amazing park that just won one of the architecture industry’s highest honors, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Institute Honor Awards...

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Two Really, Really, REALLY Interesting Hotel Stories

Last month we were hanging around downtown and an out-of-town friend pointed to the Fairmont Hotel, on the edge of La Villita,  and said, "bet that's been there for a while." Not really . . . the small hotel was built in 1906, but it's only been THERE, at the corner...

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Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

On most Saturday walks you will be instructed to pass the turn-off to the Yturri-Edmonds House and Mill. You might be able to get a peek at it through the foliage. Miss Ernestine E. Edmunds, a school teacher and granddaughter of Manuel Yturri Castillo, willed this...

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San Antonio: An International City

World War II divided the world and when it ended, after years of suffering, violence and sacrifice, it needed healing. In 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower created Sister Cities International to forge bonds between Earth’s citizens. Sixty years later, 545 U.S....

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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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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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Butch & Sundance on the Street Where We Live

The event hotel for the Texas Trail Roundup sits on the infamous corner of Cesar Chavez Blvd, between Urban Loop and Santa Rosa. Unless you're a native, you won't realize that until eight years ago, when it was re-named after the Chicano labor leader, our street was...

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When the Saints Came Marching In

The five San Antonio missions got their names from saints and benefactors: who were these men and women who left their names on our landscape? Saint Anthony, by the way, is considered to be the finder of lost things. So, if you get lost during the Texas Trail Roundup...

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San Antonio in Flight: Stinson Field

San Antonio has a rich history of leadership and innovation in civil and military aviation. The first flight of an airplane in the San Antonio skies was in February 1910 by French barnstormer Louis Paulhan. It was quickly followed by the first military flight in the...

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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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