| About San Antonio
San Antonio captures the spirit of Texas. Now the
ninth largest city in the United States, the city has retained its
sense of history and tradition, while carefully blending in cosmopolitan
progress. The city has always been a crossroads and a meeting place.
Sounds and flavors of Native Americans, Old Mexico, Germans, the
Wild West, African-Americans and the Deep South mingle and merge.
Close to eight million visitors a year delight in the discovery of
San Antonio's charms.
A Little Bit of History
For history buffs, San Antonio is a mecca. Native Americans first lived along
the San Antonio River, calling the area "Yanaguana," which means "refreshing
waters," or "clear waters." A band of Spanish explorers and missionaries came
upon the river in 1691, and because it was the feast day of St. Anthony, they
named the river "San Antonio."
actual founding of the city came in 1718 by Father Antonio Olivares, when he
established Mission San Antonio de Valero, which became permanently etched in
the annals of history in 1836 as The Alamo where
189 defenders held the old mission against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13 days.
The River Walk
Amidst the daily hubbub of the busy metropolitan downtown, sequestered 20 feet
below street level, lies one of San Antonio's jewels - the Paseo del Rio. Better
known as the "River Walk" these
cobblestone and flagstone paths border both sides of the San Antonio River as
it winds its way through the middle of the business district.
The River Walk
has multiple personalities - quiet and park-like in some stretches, while other
areas are full of activity with European-style sidewalk cafes, specialty boutiques,
nightclubs and gleaming high-rise hotels. The River Walk stretches for approximately
two-and-a-half miles from the Municipal Auditorium and Conference Center on the
north end to the King William Historic District on the south.
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