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San Antonio River Walk, Part 2

There’s a Part 1 (it has 32 photos!), so please take a looksie there first.

Almost two years ago, my sweetie, Chip, and I spent an afternoon exploring the San Antonio River Walk and nearby sites.  I was amazed with the history behind the modern-day beautifully landscaped River Walk (from reading the sign posts).  Early settlers used the San Antonio River as a means to live.

Nowadays, River Walk is a haven for tourists and residents alike.  There are restaurants galore; the Rivercenter Mall and La Villita for shopping; the Arneson River Theatre during special events, or just a casual stroll along the San Antonio River.

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Sitting bench

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Fountain in La Villita

San Antonio River Walk

Directory

San Antonio River Walk

Arneson River Theatre
At center left is Rosita’s Bridge

San Antonio River Walk

Rosita’s Bridge
“Dedicated to Rosita Fernandez, singer of songs which have helped to build the bridge of understanding for the many cultures that make San Antonio a great place to live.”

San Antonio River Walk

Sign post about Bowen’s Island
The Bowen family sold the island in 1910 and real estate developers rerouted the river and extended streets to create a valuable ten-acre building site [including the 31-story Tower Life Building].”

San Antonio River Walk

Tower Life Building

San Antonio River Walk

Tower of the Americas

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Sign post about Presa Street Crossing
One of the earliest ditches, the Pajalache Acequia, originated near this site at a wide, shallow river crossing. A dam was built to divert water into a deep channel that flowed south to Mission San Jose (then located on the river’s east bank).”

San Antonio River Walk

Presa Street Bridge
Manufactured in 1890 by the Berlin Iron Bridge Company in East Berlin, Connecticut

San Antonio River Walk

Marriage Island
From Wikipedia–“Over the years it has come to be known as Marriage Island due to the many wedding ceremonies performed there.”

San Antonio River Walk

“Padre Damian Massanet’s Table” located in Marriage Island
“This sculpture symbolizes the first Mass celebrated in San Antonio on June 13, 1691. The day before, the first Spanish expedition to march across Texas to the Louisiana border reached a stream the Indians called Yanaguana — “Place of Restful Waters” — which the Spaniards led by Captain Domingo de Teran and Padre Damian Massanet, O.F.M., named the Rio de San Antonio “because it was his day” — the Feast Day of the great St. Anthony of Padua.”

San Antonio River Walk

Tile mural on a wall

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Another lovely waterfall

San Antonio River Walk

Historical marker on ground

 

These next 5 photos were taken on the premises of the Bexar County Plaza, which includes the Courthouse and Lady Justice Fountain…

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

Bexar County Courthouse (established in 1892)

San Antonio River Walk

Bexar County Courthouse

San Antonio River Walk

Lady Justice Fountain

San Antonio River Walk

Historical marker

Nearby the Bexar County Courthouse…

San Antonio River Walk

Purple Heart Memorial

San Antonio River Walk

Touring with segways!
Hey, why didn’t we think of doing that?!

Check out my video clips on YouTube!
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