Remember the Alamo & Riverwalk
Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
100Trip End Sep 08, 2010
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The guest of Bonnie Wilson
We Left for San Antonio and the Alamo.
More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo."
Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized San Antonio's five missions and distributed their lands to remaining residents. These men and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission's but now their own, and participated in the growing community of San Antonio
On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio López de Santa Anna's army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna's army.
There were at least 18 women and children that survived the Battle of the Alamo. Most of them were found in the church after the battle. The women were given a blanket and two pesos. They were then allowed to leave. They are responsible for spreading the word that the Alamo had fallen. After this news spread, men began to rally to the cause and the Texians Army grew.
While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
Then it was off to the San Antonio Riverwalk for lunch at Ibiza
In Texas, water has been a lifeline for many generations for centuries past. The San Antonio River is a source of the South Texas Treasure, The San Antonio River Walk. Development of San Antonio and its most popular tourism attraction have come a long way together.
Through the late 1800s and early 1900s, San Antonio's growing population and expanding boundaries were the cause, to a large degree, of problems brought about by flooding. In fact, if steps to control the flooding had not been taken in the 1920s, later commercial development along the river would not have been possible.
By the 1900s many a great event took place and molded civilization among a river and it's cities people. By 1926 the final flood control plan was approved. The plan would aid the river bend during periods of heavy rainfall and control flooding. The future of the river now had a promise of development and an uprising growth of success for it's city
Since the early 1950s and on to the 90s, Tourists and locals alike have strolled along this amazing River and enjoy all that it has to offer, the history, wonder, beauty and pride that have made San Antonio what it is today
A marvel of nature and ingenuity, it has inspired and enriched the lives of its neighbors as well as its visitors for centuries.
We started heading home about 3:30pm….now we really hit rush hour traffic for the first time since we started out trip. Not as bad as the Bay Area, but it did slow us down a bit. We took a quick stop at the local Walmart near Bonnie's house to fill up with some gas….since she had a special discount credit card for Walmart she bought us a tank of gas. What a great friend she is.
Back at her beautiful home/country cottage Dave showered and I took the opportunity to enjoy her Jacuzzi tub for a bit of tranquil bubbling. Afterwards we all relaxed and enjoyed watching TV before going to bed.
God bless all the ingenuity that went into designing and building the San Antonio River walk area and the many people who lost their lives trying to preserve freedom and liberty in this country. Remember the Alamo.