San Antonio’s population boomed during the 1940s, from 253,854 in 1940 to 408,442 in 1950. The city’s transportation system was transformed with the completion of much of Interstate Highway 35 by the late 1950s.
In 1941, San Antonio purchased 1,200 acres north of the city limits for an airport. What initially opened as a military training facility later became San Antonio International Airport. That same year, oilman and philanthropist Thomas Slick, Jr. founded the Foundation of Applied Research.
San Antonio’s role as a vital military hub to the nation was further emphasized during World War II. The airports’ Kelly, Brooks, Randolph, and Lackland, which had opened in 1930, provided critical personnel training and brought young recruits from throughout the country. San Antonio became a home for many veterans after they returned from service. After the United States Air Force separated from the army following World War II, Kelly Air Force Base, Brooks Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Lackland Air Force Base (referred to as “Gateway to the Air Force”) contributed materially to the economic development of Alamo City, and this would continue for decades to come. Brooke Army Medical Center became a primary center for surgical research, medical field service instruction, long-term recovery care, and other military operations.
Mrs. A.L. Muse boarding the ''Shoppers' Special. ''She is one of the first San Antonians to take advantage of the new shuttle operating for the first time over route from Commerce, Soledad and Houston Streets and Alamo Plaza. In an effort to ease flow of traffic, parking cars has been banned on these portions of Commerce and Houston Streets.'
Equestrians of no mean ability are these two charming girls, Miss Jane Ellen Hillje, snapped riding her mount, Brown Lady, and Miss Charlene Hillje, driving the gig which is drawn by her horse, Jackie Black. The Misses Hillje are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Hillje, and can be seen during the week riding their mounts in the horse-show ring at their lovely suburban home on the North New Braunfels Road...The girls have taken many blue ribbons in numerous horse-shows.
Ira Malone, freight solicitor for the Brown Express Company, got him a horse--after nine years of soliciting business in his car. Soon Malone, his 35-year-old buggy and his faithful bay, Pat, will be familiar figures on San Antonio streets. 'I'll save rubber and gas for the more important business of slapping the Japs,' Malone explained.''
Photograph shows members of the Jefferson High School Lassos practice twirling their lassos. Captains Joan Grant (left) and Elaine Strauch in foreground. The bands and drill teams of Brackenridge and Thomas Jefferson High Schools will share activities at the half-time show during the football game on Thanksgiving Day.
Librado Hinojosa looking at fire hydrant in Las Colonias area. Aguadores, water carriers of San Antonio, are near the end of long tradition. They were forced to haul water to the troops of Gen. Santa Anna. Now running water will force them to establish a new business. Hinojosa always charged 30 cents a barrel.