Wednesday April 14th 2010
Our first stop in San Antonio was the Alamo. The Alamo, originally was known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, and now a museum.
The Battle of the Alamo went on for 13 days, before the Mexican Army, led by Santa Anna, defeated the defenders of the Alamo. Three of the most well known defenders were, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and the commander of the Alamo William Travis.
The grounds of the Alamo.
In the tomb are the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis. The tomb is in the Cathedral San Fernando.
San Fernando began March 9, 1731 when fifteen families arrived from the Canary Islands at the Presidio of San Antonio and were welcomed by Captain Juan Antonio de Almazan in the name of King Phillip V of Spain.
The rest of day was spent on the River Walk. The River Walk was built to stop the flooding in San Antonio in 1939. The work was done thru the Work Progress Administration (WPA) for a cost of $450,000. What a magnificent attraction for the downtown area. Twenty bridges and I’m not sure how long the walkways are, has to be a few miles.
We stopped at the Irish Pub for lunch and a glass of wine after our boat ride down the river.
We did some walking around the down town to see some of the old buildings. It was a great day in San Antonio, we hope to return and see more of the city.