Tuesday, April 20, 2010

San Antonio TX

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.

DSC_0004-1 P1050948

The grounds of the Alamo.

DSC_0026-1 DSC_0025

In the tomb are the remains of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis.  The tomb is in the Cathedral San Fernando. 

DSC_0013-1 DSC_0024


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. 

DSC_0010-1 DSC_0038

DSC_0039  P1050957

DSC_0050 DSC_0052-1

We stopped at the Irish Pub for lunch and a glass of wine after our boat ride down the river. 

DSC_0015-1  DSC_0056


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.  

No comments: