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What San Antonio looked like in the 1920s Through Fascinating Historical Photos

San Antonio was a major military center during World Wars I and II, a factor that continued to dominate its economy in subsequent decades. During the 1920s, the population of San Antonio was around 161,379, and the city was growing rapidly with several development projects. Several landmarks, buildings, and public parks were built. Kiddie Park, featuring old-fashioned amusement rides for children, was established in 1925 and is the oldest children’s amusement park in the U.S.

The streets of Downtown, the old Spanish and Mexican city, were widened to accommodate streetcars and modern traffic. In the process, many historic buildings were destroyed. These included the Veramendi House, the home of the prominent family into which Jim Bowie had married when he came to the city. Standing on the southwest side of the Houston and Soledad Streets intersection, this building was a massive quadrangle built of adobe around a central courtyard in the typical Mexican style.

Below are some stunning historical photos that show what San Antonio looked like in the 1920s.

#7 Human fly” Babe White hanging from balcony of the Bexar County Courthouse overlooking Main Plaza, 1925

#8 Crowd watching men in a canoe on the floodwaters of the San Antonio River at the intersection of St. Mary’s and Travis Streets, 1921

#11 Exterior view of San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission during the restoration of the tower, 1928

#14 A view of the Commerce Street Bridge from the Market Street Bridge over the San Antonio River, 1920s

#18 Olmos Dam under construction, 1926

Olmos Dam under construction, 1926

Photograph shows view looking northeast towards Olmos Dam construction site. Foundation (left); limestone cliff (right)

#21 Construction of cutoff channel, San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1929

Construction of cutoff channel, San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows bird's-eye view, looking north, Villita Street Bridge (foreground), Market Street Bridge (center), and Houston Street Bridge.

#28 San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows concrete retaining walls on both sides of the river near downtown.

#30 San Antonio River south of the Market Street Bridge, San Antonio, 1927

San Antonio River south of the Market Street Bridge, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking downstream on the river. On left are rear of buildings (200 block of S. Alamo Street) that were demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel.

#31 San Antonio River from Crockett Street Bridge, 1927

San Antonio River from Crockett Street Bridge, 1927

View looking downstream toward the Commerce Street Bridge. Casino Club Building on far right.

#32 Landscaped area of Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Landscaped area of Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows palm tree, Pampas grass, banana trees and other non native species.

#34 Casino Club Building, 102 W. Crockett Street, San Antonio, 1927

Casino Club Building, 102 W. Crockett Street, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the east (left) and north elevations of the San Antonio Casino Club Building shortly after its completion. Crockett Street Bridge over San Antonio River at bottom.

#35 Exterior of First Church of Christ Scientist, 501 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of First Church of Christ Scientist, 501 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the south and east (front) of the brick building, located on the northwest corner of North Alamo and McCullough. Posters on building advertising a Christian Science lecture to be held February 15 [1927].

#36 Northwest corner of Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Northwest corner of Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows Gibbs Building in center, Federal Building and Post Office on far right. In distance, far left, is the six story New Moore Building.

#37 Entrance to Quadrangle, Fort Sam Houston, 1927

Entrance to Quadrangle, Fort Sam Houston, 1927

View looking north through arched passage with base of clock tower in distance.

#40 Marble lion at entrance to Lions Field, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, 1927

Marble lion at entrance to Lions Field, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio, 1927

View of the monument, by Louis Rodriguez, that was commissioned by the Lions Club of San Antonio.

#42 Lone Star Garden, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Lone Star Garden, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows landscaping in the former rock quarry, by park commissioner Ray Lambert, with flower beds in the shape of the Texas Star.

#44 Market House, Market Street, San Antonio, 1922

Market House, Market Street, San Antonio, 1922

Photograph shows exterior of former City Market House (built in 1859) at 611 Market Street.

#46 Aerial view looking northeast towards intersection of St. Mary’s and Houston Streets, San Antonio, 1927

Aerial view looking northeast towards intersection of St. Mary's and Houston Streets, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows an aerial view showing Texas Theater (far left), next to Gunter Office Building, St. Mary's Church (right) next Brady Building (center). On lower right is City Public Service Company Building, with addition of upper floors under construction.

#47 Belfry and entrance to church, Mission San Juan Capistrano, 1927

Belfry and entrance to church, Mission San Juan Capistrano, 1927

Photograph shows part of east (front) elevation of church. Chain-link fence in front.

#48 Walkway outside north side of Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1928

Walkway outside north side of Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1928

View looking west, Railing (right) above the San Antonio River. Bexar County Courthouse in distance.

#49 South elevation of the church, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, 1927

South elevation of the church, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows side of the church, with group of women standing near the Rose Window, which is partially obscured by tree.

#50 African elephant in pen at San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

African elephant in pen at San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows elephant with front feet on tree stump.

#53 South side of W. Market Street between the San Antonio River and S. Presa Street, San Antonio, 1927

South side of W. Market Street between the San Antonio River and S. Presa Street, San Antonio, 1927

View looking southwest from edge of the river bridge. One-story building on left is San Antonio Water Department Office (106 W. Market Street). Adjoining it is Water Department Annex (200-204 W. Market) in remodeled building that had been the 19th century Casino Hall). Building with columns is Carnigie Library, at corner of N. Presa.

#54 Exterior of Young Women’s Christian Association, 403 Fifth Street, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of Young Women's Christian Association, 403 Fifth Street, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the west and south (front) elevations of the brick building, designed by Atlee B. Ayres and located on the northeast corner of Broadway and Fifth Street (later McCullough Avenue).

#57 San Fernando Cathedral and Frost National Bank, Main Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

San Fernando Cathedral and Frost National Bank, Main Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

View looking west, with addition to City Hall under construction (behind cathedral on far left).

#58 The Alamo and Crockett Hotel from roof of building on west side of Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

#59 St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Day School, 201 Roseborough, San Antonio, 1927

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Day School, 201 Roseborough, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the school (left) at the northeast corner of Kinney Avenue. On right is St. Paul's church annex at 215 Roseborough.

#60 View looking north, northwest from roof of Plaza Hotel, San Antonio, 1927

View looking north, northwest from roof of Plaza Hotel, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows downtown buildings, including the National Bank of Commerce (far left) with additional three stories under construction on top of the building. Buildings on north side of Commerce Street (horizontally, across) at center. Burke Furniture Company and San Antonio Music Company, fronting on Market Street (lower center) and rear of Marion Hat and Dress Company (bottom, left.)

#61 Exterior of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church, 1101 W. Woodlawn Avenue, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church, 1101 W. Woodlawn Avenue, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the south (front) and east elevations of the church, located on the northwest corner of W. Woodlawn and Michigan Avenues.

#62 Exterior of Scottish Rite Cathedral, 308 Avenue E, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of Scottish Rite Cathedral, 308 Avenue E, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the west (front) elevation of the temple, located on southeast corner of Avenue E and Fourth Street.

#63 Northeast corner of Military Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Northeast corner of Military Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the northeast corner (intersection of Commerce and Flores Streets) of Military Plaza as seen from an upper floor of the City Hall. On lower left is United States Bankruptcy Court and temporary home for City Hall (during addition of fourth floor); across N. Flores Street is Schreiner Block with Marcus Clothiers. Buildings in background (l. to r.): Robert E. Lee Hotel; Majestic Theater (later the State Theater); Stowers Furniture Company Building; and the Rand Building with water tower advertising Wolff & Marx.

#66 San Fernando Cathedral Rectory, San Antonio, 1927

San Fernando Cathedral Rectory, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view, looking east from an upper floor of City Hall on Military Plaza. Rear of San Fernando Cathedral, including dome, visible beyond rectory. Washer Building in background at center, right.

#67 San Fernando Cathedral and Frost National Bank, Main Plaza, San Antonio, 1928

San Fernando Cathedral and Frost National Bank, Main Plaza, San Antonio, 1928

View looking northwest toward cathedral and bank on west side of Main Plaza.

#68 San Antonio River spillway and park pavilion, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

San Antonio River spillway and park pavilion, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking upstream on the San Antonio River, with the wooden pavilion on upper right.

#69 Convento as seen from outside sacristy door, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, 1927

#70 Putting green and clubhouse, Brackenridge Park Golf Course, San Antonio, 1927

Putting green and clubhouse, Brackenridge Park Golf Course, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows two unidentified men on the putting green. The stone clubhouse, designed by Ralph Cameron, is in background.

#71 Spanish Governor’s Palace, San Antonio, 1927

Spanish Governor's Palace, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows exterior of the Spanish Governor's Palace prior to restoration. Sign above doorway in center reads: 'For Sale / This Property 95x160 Ft.'' Stone in foreground is for remodeling City Hall.

#72 Travis Street Bridge over the San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

Travis Street Bridge over the San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking upstream (north) toward the bridge. Rio Vista Mexican Restaurant (151 Riverside Walk) on upper right.

#73 Woodlawn Lake Swimming Pool, San Antonio, 1927

Woodlawn Lake Swimming Pool, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the municipal swimming pool near Woodlawn Lake. View looking northeast.

#74 Side and rear of church, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, 1927

Side and rear of church, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking northwest, with south elevation of the church visible, including the Rose Window. West end of convento on far right. Automobile parked near gate used as tourist entrance.

#75 Northeast corner of Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Northeast corner of Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view of the northeast corner of Alamo Plaza (intersection of E. Houston and Avenue E.) with the Federal Building and Post Office on left, the Medical Arts Building on right. Scottish Rite Cathedral on Avenue E (in distance at center).

#77 Houston Street looking west from Woolworth Building, San Antonio, 1927

Houston Street looking west from Woolworth Building, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view of buildings on north side of Houston Street, including (beginning at right), Moore Building, Hicks Building (northeast corner of Houston and Broadway); Central Trust Company; and, in distance, sign for Majestic Theater, located in the Stowers Building.

#78 A. B. Frank Company Building, 201 Navarro Street, San Antonio, 1923

A. B. Frank Company Building, 201 Navarro Street, San Antonio, 1923

Photograph shows aerial view of the wholesale dry-goods company located on northwest corner of Navarro and Villita Streets. San Antonio River (lower right)" Plaza Hotel partly visible (upper right).

#81 Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on grounds of Incarnate Word College, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, 1927

#83 View looking west, northwest from top of the Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1927

View looking west, northwest from top of the Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows Gibbs Building (northwest corner of Houston and N. Alamo Streets) in center. U. S. flag (center right) flying from rooftop of Federal Building and Post Office on north side of Alamo Plaza. Houston street on far left.

#86 Exterior of Santa Rosa Infirmary, 745 W. Houston Street, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of Santa Rosa Infirmary, 745 W. Houston Street, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the south (front) elevation of the building (later Santa Rosa Hospital) facing Milam Park.

#87 A. B. Frank Company, 201 Navarro Street, 1927

A. B. Frank Company, 201 Navarro Street, 1927

Photograph shows the south (left) and east elevations of the wholesale dry goods company on northwest corner of Villita and Navarro Streets. View from Villita Street.

#89 West side of Texas Theater and San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

West side of Texas Theater and San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking southeast towards the San Antonio River, with the Houston Street Bridge in distance (center). Texas Theater on left.

#90 West elevation of the Travis Building from intersection of W. Travis and Soledad Streets, San Antonio, 1927

West elevation of the Travis Building from intersection of W. Travis and Soledad Streets, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking east on Travis Street from the intersection with Soledad Street. Travis Building (center), at northwest corner of Travis and St. Mary's Streets. Across street from it is the Lanier Hotel (partly visible).

#91 West side of Alamo Plaza as seen from top of Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1927

West side of Alamo Plaza as seen from top of Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking southwest with Alamo Plaza on lower left. Four-story Reuter Building (far left) across Crockett Street from the remodeled Opera House Building it. Crockett Block Building and the Palace Theater on lower right.

#92 Bandstand in Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Bandstand in Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view, looking north, towards the bandstand. Cactus garden in foreground. Tall building (center right) is the Medical Arts Building.

#93 Tea House, Japanese Sunken Garden, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Tea House, Japanese Sunken Garden, Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows tea house, with thatched roofing. Children standing on left are Helen and James Jingu, children of resident caretaker Kimi Jingu.

#94 Sisters of Divine Providence Convent and Our Lady of the Lake College, S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, 1927

Sisters of Divine Providence Convent and Our Lady of the Lake College, S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking northwest towards the buildings (l. to r.) Congregation of Sisters of Divine Providence Convent, Sacred Heart Chapel, Main Building, and Providence Hall (barely visible on far right).

#95 Aerial view of Alamo Plaza and surrounding area, San Antonio, 1927

Aerial view of Alamo Plaza and surrounding area, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking north, northwest with Alamo Plaza in center. Joske's Department Store (lower left) at northeast corner of Commerce and Alamo Streets, next to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

#96 Exterior of Scottish Rite Cathedral, 308 Avenue E, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of Scottish Rite Cathedral, 308 Avenue E, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the west (front) and south elevations of the temple located on southeast corner of Avenue E and Fourth Street.

#97 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows Alamo Plaza as seen from its southwest corner. Garden in center planted with palms. Two unidentified women are crossing Alamo Street at center right. Post Office and Medical Arts Building in the background.

#98 Primera Iglesia Evangelica Lutherana Mexicana,W. Houston Street, San Antonio, 1927

Primera Iglesia Evangelica Lutherana Mexicana,W. Houston Street, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the south front and part of the east elevation of the frame Lutheran church on the north side of W. Houston Street, between N. San Jacinto and N. Las Moras Streets.

#99 “Lover’s Lane,” Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

"Lover's Lane," Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows long walkway, covered with arbor, extending from the Japanese Tea Garden to the San Antonio Zoo.

#100 Pavilions on Woodlawn Lake, San Antonio, 1927

Pavilions on Woodlawn Lake, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the pavilions, with the one on the left shaped to resemble an ocean liner.

#101 Southern Hotel and Bexar County Courthouse as seen from City Hall, San Antonio, 1927

Southern Hotel and Bexar County Courthouse as seen from City Hall, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking southeast from City Hall on Military Plaza. Southern Hotel (center left). Higley Hotel, with Kaufman's Store on lower floor (far right). In background (center) is Bexar County Courthouse with addition under construction (far right).

#102 Front exterior of church, Mission San Jose, 1927

Front exterior of church, Mission San Jose, 1927

Photograph shows west and south elevations of church with trees partially obscuring facade. Pyron Road on left, running beside church.

#104 Cafe and cold drink pavilion at “Mexican Village,” Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Cafe and cold drink pavilion at "Mexican Village," Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows pavilion, with thatched roof, beside "Mexican Village" (background, left), where artisans produced and sold pottery and weaving. Japanese Tea Garden beyond the village.

#105 Exterior of Second Church of Christ Scientist, 230 W. Magnolia Avenue, San Antonio, 1927

Exterior of Second Church of Christ Scientist, 230 W. Magnolia Avenue, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows the north (front) and west elevations of the brick structure at the southeast corner of Magnolia Avenue and Belknap Place.

#106 St. Mary’s Street from roof of Plaza Hotel, San Antonio, 1927

St. Mary's Street from roof of Plaza Hotel, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking north. San Antonio Drug Company at right. Aztec Building (see outline of Aztec Theater sign) and St. Mary's Church at center. San Antonio Police and Fire Department Building on lower left.

#107 Bobby Cruickshank, 1927

Bobby Cruickshank, 1927

Bobby Cruickshank swinging golf club in the Texas Open Golf Championship at Willow Springs Golf Course.

#108 Hensel residence, San Antonio, 1927

Hensel residence, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows exterior of Craftsman-style residence occupied by Frederick (Fritz) and Augusta Hensel at 1014 N. Cherry Street. East (rear) elevation. Fritz Hensel standing on upstairs deck.

#109 San Antonio River between Houston and Commerce Streets, San Antonio, 1925

San Antonio River between Houston and Commerce Streets, San Antonio, 1925

Photograph shows view looking upstream toward the Houston Street Bridge and Texas Theater. Solo Service Company (100 block of Soledad) on left; Twohig property and Ben Milam Cypress on right.

#110 Texas Theater and Houston Street Bridge over the San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

Texas Theater and Houston Street Bridge over the San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1927

Photograph shows view looking downstream on the river. Riverside Walk (left), connecting Travis and Houston Streets.

#111 Milam Building, San Antonio, 1928

Milam Building, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows the office building (100 block of W. Travis Street) as seen from the Houston Street Bridge over the San Antonio River. On right are Balustrade and lamp posts at edge of Riverside Walk, linking Houston and Travis Streets.

#114 Western Union Building, San Antonio, 1928

Western Union Building, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows the exterior of Western Union Telegraph Company Building at 142 W. Commerce Street (northwest corner of Commerce and Presa Streets.)

#115 Nellie Ankenman Masterson seated in car with four of her children beside it, 1928

Nellie Ankenman Masterson seated in car with four of her children beside it, 1928

Photograph shows Nellie Ankenman Masterson, resident of San Antonio, Texas, seated in car parked under trees. On running board are three of her daughters (l.to r.'' Shirley, Gwendolyn, and Juanita. On opposite side of car is her son, Seymour.

#116 Exterior of church at Mission San Jose after the collapse of the bell tower, San Antonio, 1928

Exterior of church at Mission San Jose after the collapse of the bell tower, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows the south elevation of the church, with Rose Window on right and the remains of the bell tower (center) that collapsed on the night of March 8, 1928.

#117 Remains of bell tower at Mission San Jose shortly after collapse, San Antonio, 1928

Remains of bell tower at Mission San Jose shortly after collapse, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows south elevation of the church showing rubble from the bell tower that collapsed on the night of March 8, 1928.

#119 Exterior of the Milam Building, 105-125 W. Travis Street, San Antonio, 1920s

Exterior of the Milam Building, 105-125 W. Travis Street, San Antonio, 1920s

Photograph shows the Milam Building, the first air-conditioned office building in the United States. View looking north.

#120 Old Gray Mare Band in American Legion Parade, San Antonio, 1928

Old Gray Mare Band in American Legion Parade, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows the band, from Brownwood, Texas, going around corner from Broadway to Houston Street. Ruby Latham Ables on horse.

#121 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1928

Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows overview of Alamo Plaza. View looking north from the Conroy Building. The Alamo is on the right; in the background is the U. S. Post Office and the Medical Arts Building. Bandstand in center of plaza garden.

#122 Dairyland milk wagon, San Antonio, 1928

Dairyland milk wagon, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows unidentified man in milkman's uniform standing beside Dairyland milk wagon.

#124 Quadrangle, Fort Sam Houston, 1928

Quadrangle, Fort Sam Houston, 1928

Photograph shows looking northwest in quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston. Clock tower and water towers in background; pond with swans and ducks in foreground.

#126 Bird’s-eye view of the Alamo from Post Office and Federal Building, San Antonio, 1928

Bird's-eye view of the Alamo from Post Office and Federal Building, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows view looking southeast with Long Barrack in foreground, Alamo chapel beyond.

#127 Better Home Ice Cream Company, 715 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1928

Better Home Ice Cream Company, 715 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1928

View looking north at buildings across from the intersection of Barrera Street. Better Home Ice Cream on far left. Two-story building on right is C. L. Watkins Furniture Store (713 S. Alamo).

#128 Better Home Ice Cream Company, 715 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1928

Better Home Ice Cream Company, 715 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows men beside three wheel motorcycle used by the company, owned by Fred E. Schaal.

#129 Exterior of church after collapse of the bell tower, 1928

Exterior of church after collapse of the bell tower, 1928

Photograph shows west and south elevations of the church with unidentified men looking at debris.

#130 Better Home Ice Cream Company, 715 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1928

Better Home Ice Cream Company, 715 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows men beside three-wheel motorcycle used by the company, owned by Fred E. Schaal. Partly visible on far left is Braun Schweiger Briom Reich Hardware Store (717 S. Alamo).

#131 Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows people outside booths on the midway at International Fair Grounds on East Houston Street.

#132 Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows entrance to the "Whip" on left; booths on right side of the midway. Ferris wheel in distance

#134 Milam Building, San Antonio, 1928

Milam Building, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows north (rear) and west elevations of the Milam Building. Adjacent (north) is parking garage.

#136 Milam Building, 1928

Milam Building, 1928

Photograph shows the exterior of the Milam Building, 115 Travis Street at Soledad.

#137 Exterior of the Federal Reserve Bank, 127 Navarro Street, San Antonio, 1928

Exterior of the Federal Reserve Bank, 127 Navarro Street, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows the south and east (front) elevations of the bank, designed by Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres, architects, and located on the southwest corner of Navarro and Villita Streets. In background, barely visible is framework of the Smith-Young Tower under construction. Taken shortly after the bank was completed.

#138 Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1925

Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1925

Photograph shows people gathered around booth on the midway at International Fair Grounds on East Houston Street.

#139 Food booth on the midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1925

#140 Public Service Company buses near entrance to the International and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1925

Public Service Company buses near entrance to the International and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1925

Photograph shows the special buses providing regular service to the exposition at International Fair Grounds on East Houston Street.

#141 Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1925

Medical Arts Building, San Antonio, 1925

Photograph shows exterior of Medical Arts Building at 705 E. Houston Street (corner of Avenue E).

#143 Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1925

#144 “Honeymoon Ship” at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

"Honeymoon Ship" at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows people outside the attraction on the carnival midway at International Fair Grounds on East Houston Street.

#145 Northwest corner of Alamo Compound, San Antonio, 1924

Northwest corner of Alamo Compound, San Antonio, 1924

Photograph shows view, looking southeast, from Federal Building and Post Office. Convento ruins (the Long Barrack) in foreground. Crockett Hotel is in the background at upper left.

#146 Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, 1928

Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, 1928

Photograph shows the side of the temple and front of the temple community center (right). View from W. Ashby Place. Intersection of Belknap Place on far left.

#147 Midway at Rice-Dorman Carnival, International Exposition and Live Stock Show, San Antonio, 1928

#148 Exterior view of San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission during the restoration of the tower, 1928

#150 Schmidt-Gold House, Fredericksburg, 1925

Schmidt-Gold House, Fredericksburg, 1925

Photograph shows exterior of Schmidt-Gold House, a two-story limestone structure built by Lorenz Schmidt and with a second floor added by Jacob Gold, Sr. House has jig-saw-decorated porches. Located at 106 South Lincoln Street.

#156 Fire Station No. 11 at the corner of Frio and Matamoros Streets with firemen and a fire truck on the drive, 1925

#158 Brady Building, 202 E. Houston Street, 1925

Brady Building, 202 E. Houston Street, 1925

Photograph shows the office and theater building on southeast corner of E. Houston and N. St. Mary's Streets. Entrance to Empire Theater on far right.

#161 Construction of cutoff channel, San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1929

Construction of cutoff channel, San Antonio River, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows bird's-eye view, looking north, Villita Street Bridge (foreground), Market Street Bridge (center), and Houston Street Bridge.

#162 Smith-Young Tower from Market Street Bridge, San Antonio, 192

Smith-Young Tower from Market Street Bridge, San Antonio, 192

Photograph shows view looking southwest toward the newly completed office building. On right is San Antonio Water Department Office at 106 W. Market Street

#163 Rand Building, 202-210 W. Houston Street. 1929

Rand Building, 202-210 W. Houston Street. 1929

Photograph shows the office building and department store (Wolff & Marx) on south side of Houston Street, between Soledad and Main. Clock on corner of building (lower right).

#164 Bird’s-eye view of Market Street, looking east, northeast from the Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Bird's-eye view of Market Street, looking east, northeast from the Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows the San Antonio Water Supply Company Pumping Plant and San Antonio River (lower right). Old Casino Club (bottom center). Intersection of Market (running diagonally) and S. Alamo Street at center.

#165 Truck going down ramp from Villita Street to construction site of San Antonio River cutoff channel, San Antonio, 1929

#166 Johann Joseph Knopp House, Fredericksburg, 1929

Johann Joseph Knopp House, Fredericksburg, 1929

Photograph shows exterior of Johann Joseph Knopp House, a one-story limestone structure at corner of West Schubert and North Milam Streets.

#168 Washington Street looking north toward intersection of Martinez Street (later Durango Blvd.), San Antonio, 1929

#169 Lanier Hotel, 1923

Lanier Hotel, 1923

Photograph shows looking towards the Hotel Lanier at 203 E. Travis Street. (northeast corner of N. St.Mary's and E. Travis Streets."

#170 Houston Street looking east from San Antonio River bridge following rain shower, San Antonio, 1929

#171 Bird’s-eye view of Dullnig Building, Joske Brothers Department Store, and surrounding area, San Antonio, 1929

#172 Casino Club Building following a rain shower, San Antonio, 1929

Casino Club Building following a rain shower, San Antonio, 1929

View looking south on S. Presa Street toward the Casino Club Building,102 W. Crockett Street. Presa Street Bridge in center.

#173 W. Crockett Street looking west from Losoya Street, San Antonio, 1929

W. Crockett Street looking west from Losoya Street, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows Crockett Street Bridge over San Antonio River in center, with Casino Club Building beyond. Taken after a rain shower.

#175 Bird’s-eye view of North St. Mary’s Street from Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Bird's-eye view of North St. Mary's Street from Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows view looking north. St. Mary's Church (lower right) across from City Public Service Company Building. Texas Theater and Gunter Office Building beyond CPS Building.

#176 Christian Crenwelge House, Fredericksburg, 1929

Christian Crenwelge House, Fredericksburg, 1929

Photograph shows exterior of Christian Crenwelge House, a two-story limestone structure attached to one-story log and frame structure with metal roof, at 307 W. Schubert Street. Taken after removal of board siding from log structure. House located near Town Creek.

#177 St. Mary’s Street looking south from Travis Street following a rain shower, San Antonio, 1929

St. Mary's Street looking south from Travis Street following a rain shower, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows view looking toward intersection of E. Houston Street. Gunter Hotel on left (sign advertising Henry Lange Orchestra). Smith-Young Tower in distance.

#178 San Antonio River between Crockett and Commerce Streets after a snowfall, San Antonio, 1929

San Antonio River between Crockett and Commerce Streets after a snowfall, San Antonio, 1929

View looking upstream from Commerce Street Bridge. Casino Club Building in distance on left, next to Crockett Street Bridge.

#179 Streetcar 245 at waiting station, Alamo Heights, San Antonio, 1929

Streetcar 245 at waiting station, Alamo Heights, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows the streetcar parked at the faux bois concrete shelter with roof resembling thatch. Motorman Robert J. Frankie standing in door of streetcar.

#181 Brady Building, 202 E. Houston Street, 1925

Brady Building, 202 E. Houston Street, 1925

Photograph shows the office and theater building on southeast corner of E. Houston and N. St. Mary's Streets. Entrance to Empire Theater on far right.

#182 Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows exterior of Smith-Young Tower at 310 S. St. Mary's Street. West and south elevations visible.

#185 Bird’s-eye view looking northwest, from the Smith Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Bird's-eye view looking northwest, from the Smith Young Tower, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows National Bank of Commerce (tall building, center left) on north side of Main Plaza. Alamo National Bank (lower right) under construction. Milam Building (upper right).

#186 Wolff and Marx display windows on Main Avenue, 1920s

Wolff and Marx display windows on Main Avenue, 1920s

Photograph shows department store windows on ground floor of the Rand Building, located on Houston Street, between Main and Soledad.

#187 Carnegie Library, San Antonio, 1929

Carnegie Library, San Antonio, 1929

Photograph shows exterior of the Carnegie Library at 210 Market Street. (Southeast corner of Market and Presa Streets). View shows portion of front (north) elevation and most of west elevation.

#188 St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, 1920s

St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, 1920s

Photograph shows exterior of St. Anthony Hotel. North and west elevations visible. Travis Park on left; Navarro Street in foreground.

#190 Airmen outside building, Brooks Field, San Antonio, 1923

Airmen outside building, Brooks Field, San Antonio, 1923

Photograph shows about 15 men at a two-story frame building. The walls of the second story have been let down and held horizontally, showing some men in the open area as well as on the ground at its base.

#192 Aerial view of Federal Building and Post Office and north side of Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, 1923

#193 Alamo Plaza bandstand, San Antonio, 1920s

Alamo Plaza bandstand, San Antonio, 1920s

Photograph shows Alamo Plaza bandstand with palm trees and other tropical foliage landscaping.

#195 Rand Building, 202-210 W. Houston Street, 1926

Rand Building, 202-210 W. Houston Street, 1926

Photograph shows the office building and department store (Wolff & Marx) on south side of Houston Street, between Soledad and Main. Clock on corner of building (lower right).

#196 Schmidt-Gold House, Fredericksburg, 1920s

Schmidt-Gold House, Fredericksburg, 1920s

Photograph shows exterior of Schmidt-Gold House, a two-story limestone structure built by Lorenz Schmidt and with a second floor added by Jacob Gold, Sr. House has jig-saw-decorated porches. Located at 106 South Lincoln Street.

#197 Johann Joseph Knopp House, Fredericksburg, 1929

Johann Joseph Knopp House, Fredericksburg, 1929

Photograph shows exterior of Johann Joseph Knopp House, a one-story limestone structure at corner of West Schubert and North Milam Streets.

#198 Exterior of Argyle Hotel, Alamo Heights, 1920s

Exterior of Argyle Hotel, Alamo Heights, 1920s

Photograph shows the east front at the time it was owned by the O'Grady Family.

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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  1. I throughly enjoyed the display of photos! Born in Texas, raised in California but I have lots of family throughout Texas including San Antonio.
    The quote you included in your self introduction is amazing, thank you for sharing. Bless you!

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