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PAINTING SAN ANTONIO, TX

The Alamo City is one of history and heritage featuring, Spanish missions, the river walk, and, of course, the Alamo. San Antonio is the second-largest city in the state of Texas, and the seventh-largest in the U.S. Catch the unique Tejano flavor of San Antonio in this new piece by folk artist Eric Dowdle.

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A Place to Shoot


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Paris Hatters


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Mi Tierra


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Lulu's Bakery


www.lulusbakeryandcafe.com
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Barney's Toilet Seat Museum


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Tower of the Americas



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Natural Bridge Caverns



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River Boat Tour

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Briscoe Western Art Museum



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Six Flags San Antonio



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San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

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San Antonio Sea World



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San Antonio Western Shooting

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The Riverwalk



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The Alamo

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FUN TRIVIA

SELECT ONE
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Spanish Missions


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Riverwalk


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Governor's Palace


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The Alamo


www.thealamo.org
HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

San Antonio, TX



Mark Twain is attributed with saying, “There are only 4 unique cities in the United States: Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, and San Antonio.” San Antonio? You may ask with quizzical expression. To which I would answer, “Yes, San Antonio.” How do you know a city is a great place to live? When it quietly and without pretention becomes the 7th largest city in the nation and the 2nd largest city in Texas (ahead of the Big “D.”) First settled by Native Americans, the area was called Yanaguana, meaning “refreshing waters” for the natural springs that feed it. Spanish explores came across the area on June 13, 1691 which just so happened was the feast of Saint Anthony of Padua. Kismet! They named the river and the area in honor of the Saint and it became San Antonio, Bexar.

Mark Twain is attributed with saying, “There are only 4 unique cities in the United States: Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco, and San Antonio.” San Antonio? You may ask with quizzical expression. To which I would answer, “Yes, San Antonio.” How do you know a city is a great place to live? When it quietly and without pretention becomes the 7th largest city in the nation and the 2nd largest city in Texas (ahead of the Big “D.”) First settled by Native Americans, the area was called Yanaguana, meaning “refreshing waters” for the natural springs that feed it. Spanish explores came across the area on June 13, 1691 which just so happened was the feast of Saint Anthony of Padua. Kismet! They named the river and the area in honor of the Saint and it became San Antonio, Bexar.

People were recruited from the Canary Islands to come and settle the province. In 1728 Governor, Martin de Alarcon built a mission called the Mission San Antonio de Valero (remember that name.) Families continued to come and the settlement became the largest Mexican City in the Tejas Territory. The location was key to keep the French from expanding from the Louisiana Territory. The Mexican government allowed settlers to come from the frontier of the upstart United States to settle in the eastern portions of the area. In 1826 General Santa Anna came to power and threw out the Mexican Constitution- really bad move – and abrogated the rights of the Tejanos in the territory. Well those folks from the United States started talking to the other residents about a revolution that the colonies had against England and formed a new republic. They decided to tell Santa Anna to, “Sit on it!” They were thinking, “Hey, that Mexican army ain’t nuttin’ compared to England and we done run those red coats off.” So after back and forth battles around San Antonio Bexar things came to a head in 1836 at the Mission San Antonio de Valero. What? You have not heard of the Battle of the Mission San Antonio de Valero? Maybe you remember it by its other name, the Alamo. 186 Tejanos, Mexicans, Native Americans, and U.S. ex-pats held off Santa Ana and 5000 soldiers of the Mexican Army. After a siege of almost 2 weeks the Alamo fell.
All in the enclosure were either killed in battle or put to the sword at Santa Ana’s direction, famous names like William Barrett Travis, Jim Bowie, Juan Sequin, and former U.S. Senator David Crockett (rumored to be the last man killed by the Mexican Army.) The deaths of these men stoke the fire in the rebels’ hearts and steeled their desires, giving birth to the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!” Things went downhill for Santa Ana after the Alamo. In 1845 the United States annexed the Independent Republic of Texas as the 28th state. During years of conflict the population of San Antonio dropped. This did not last too long as the city became a hub of the cattle trade during the Civil War and after the war. As railroad and highways came it solidified itself as the jewel of Texas cities. German immigrants flooded the city and from 1877 to 1900 there were more ethnic Germans in the city than Anglos or Hispanic. In 1921 due to flooding the city council planned on covering over the San Antonio River. A visionary architect persevered in his plans to turn the river into an attraction that would draw people to the downtown area. By 1941 his vision was realized and the Riverwalk became a globally known attraction. In 1968 the city hosted a World’s Fair. Maybe that did something because the population of San Antonio has doubled since 1970 with a current population of over 1.3 million. The city is vibrant urban center today and still establishing itself as a unique jewel in the crown of Texas.