While I continue to work on my "Austin list", I'm lucky enough to have family in San Antonio this year. Last weekend I visited with David and Lori, and had a fun, interesting 8-hour tour of the city. David and I walked nearly 6 miles to see the sights then headed home for great food, adult beverages, and some serious gab.
There is so much history in San Antonio with so many ties to other significant events, people and places. The Old Spanish Trail which stretched from St. Augustine, Florida to Los Angeles, California passed by the current City Hall. The five missions, established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century, became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in all of North America. Fiesta is more than a big party. It was organized for the first time in 1891 by women to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. To this day, now in its 125th year, it is still organized by women.
Speaking of, there are a few women I discovered for the first time in San Antonio that deserve much more attention from me. Who was the "Yellow Rose of Texas" of folk song fame? Who is this Emily Morgan that I never heard of before? Is there a biography on Clara Driscoll, the "savior of the Alamo"?
Meanwhile, I will admit that I thought Davy Crockett uttered those famous words, "Remember the Alamo!". Sorry, Sam.
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