Beware the Chupacabra

Beware the Chupacabra

The legend of the chupacabra is a surprisingly recent one, originating in Puerto Rico in 1995. The name means “goat sucker” in Spanish, and a series of farm animal mutilations on the island were attributed to a horrific lizardy creature, like the one...
The Sssssssnakes of San Antonio

The Sssssssnakes of San Antonio

For some odd reason when non-Texans talk to us about walking in the Lone Star State they look worried and ask about snakes. Texas isn’t snakier than other parts of the United States. It must be all those Western movies that feature an obligatory rattlesnake. So,...
More Than Water Under the Bridge

More Than Water Under the Bridge

We walkers have all been spooked by a creepy underpass. What (or who?) lurks in the shadows? On the San Antonio Riverwalk, that ominous feeling of dread has been banished by art. The undercrofts of our bridges are beautiful and safe Let’s start with the FISH,...
Árbol de la Vida

Árbol de la Vida

Have you seen the Árbol de la Vida? It has a story to tell. In the Spring of 2017, San Antonians from all walks of life gathered to share their stories and, over the course of two years, their stories were transformed into clay structures that now hang from the...
The Alamo: John Wayne Has a Lot to Answer For

The Alamo: John Wayne Has a Lot to Answer For

Here in San Antonio we get a kick out of visitors who ask, “where is the Alamo?” — and they are standing right in front of it! In the iconic 1960 John Wayne movie of that name his first view of the Alamo is across the dry Texas plains. Even in 1836,...
Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

Yturri-Edmunds House: Original Adobe

Miss Ernestine E. Edmunds, a school teacher and granddaughter of Manuel Yturri Castillo, willed this two-third acre tract to the San Antonio Conservation Society in 1961. Yturri Castillo had received the land grant, originally part of Mission Concepción lands, in...
San Antonio’s Chili Queens (and Frito Pie!)

San Antonio’s Chili Queens (and Frito Pie!)

From the 1860s until the late 1930s, both visitors and locals enjoyed the food and entertainment offered in the plazas of San Antonio by the Chili Queens. These women served chili con carne and other Mexican American foods from dusk until dawn at the San Antonio...
The Arsenal

The Arsenal

The Arsenal is now (mostly) the corporate HQ for the H.E.B. grocery chain — 2.7 acres of it is a public park, including the Commander’s House, is now a senior citizen activity center. The San Antonio Arsenal was founded in 1859 to furnish arms and...
The Hertzberg Clock

The Hertzberg Clock

Cast in iron by E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, his clock was first installed in front of Eli Hertzberg Jewelry Company on Commerce Street in 1878. In 1910, when Commerce St. was widened, the company – and its clock – moved to the corner of St. Mary’s and Houston...