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San Antonio Then and Now®

Paula Allen



ISBN: 9781910496015

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 5 January 2015

Series: Then and Now

Category: Lifestyle & Gardening

Putting archive and contemporary photographs of the same landmark side-by-side, San Antonio Then and Now® is a visual chronicle of the city’s past. San Antonio has a history stretching back almost three centuries. It was established as a Spanish military garrison in 1718, the home of Mission San Antonio de Valero, later renamed the Alamo. During the Mexican War of Independence, Americans fought alongside Mexicans, and at the war’s end Texas became a Mexican state. With more than 3,000 American settlers moving into the area, peace didn’t last for long. The Texan settlers fought their own war of independence between 1835 and 1836, culminating in the historic last stand at the Alamo. By 1879, Fort Sam Houston was established by the U.S. Army. Throughout the last century San Antonio vied with Galveston, Dallas, and Houston as the largest city in Texas. Today the city is known for its medical and biotechnology industries and is the hub for many multinational companies. Its reputation as a center for business was enhanced when San Antonio hosted the World’s Fair in 1968; however, the tourist trade will always be a significant employer thanks to the enduring appeal of that last stand by a small, determined force at the Alamo. Prominent sites shown here include Alamo Plaza, Cenotaph, Menger Hotel, Medical Arts Building, Bexar Courthouse, Governor’s Palace, Empire Theatre, Smith-Young Tower, Travis Park, San Antonio River, and Fairmount Hotel.


Paula Allen has written a column on local and Texas history for the San Antonio Express-News since 1992. She has led history walks through downtown San Antonio for a community education program and is coauthor of a forthcoming book on touring the city’s historical sites. She has also served as a member of the advisory committee for the “San Antonio Remembered” series produced by public television station KLRN and is a frequent guest speaker on local history.