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San Antonio, Texas

In 1718, at an Indian village at the southern edge of the Texas Hill Country, Spain established Mission San Antonio de Valero (later called the Alamo). A customary accompanying presidio (fort), San Antonio de Bexar (Bay-her), protected mission endeavors. Today's city and county names of San Antonio, are derived from those 18th-century Spanish beginnings that predate the founding of the United States by more than half a century.

Institutions of higher learning include the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake Univeristy, St. Mary's University, National University of Mexico, Trinity University, San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Some popular events include the the Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony in December, the Texas Folklife Festival in June, the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo in mid-February, the Starving Artists Show held at La Villita and along the River Walk each Easter, and the San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival each fall.

Fiesta San Antonio spans 10 days the third and fourth weeks of April. This major event includes art exhibitions, the coronation of King Antonio, the Pilgrimage to the Alamo, concerts, parades, the "Night in Old San Antonio" festival and more.

The Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Baseball Stadium is the home for the San Antonio Missions. The beautiful facility is at Callaghan Road and U.S. 90 West.

San Antonio is noted for its excellent golf courses with numerous municipal courses throughout the city. The newest are the Palmer Course at La Cantera, La Cantera Golf Course near Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the Quarry Golf Course.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Natural Bridge Caverns

One of the world's premier caverns, take 75-minute tour through a half-mile of the largest show cavern in Texas. For the more daring spelunker, the Adventure Tour offers a physically demanding excursion into an undeveloped cavern (reservations are required for the Adventure Tour)

San Antonio, TX Caving

Brooks Air Force Base

Brooks Air Force Base was founded in 1918 and the scene of history'

San Antonio, TX Aviation

San Fernando Cathedral

Construction began on the cathedral shortly after Canary Island colonists, granted land and title by Spain's King Phillip V, settled here in 1731. Completed in 1750

San Antonio, TX Historic Churches

Alamodome

160,000-sq.-ft. building provides facilities for football, concerts, and other events. It is the only domed stadium in North America with two permanent ice sheets. It's home for the annual Alamo Bowl college football game each Dec. Tours conducted every Thursday and Friday. (

San Antonio, TX Sports Complexes

Monarch Collectibles

Dolls of every description can be found in the quaint Queen Anne-style house. More than 3,000

San Antonio, TX Collections

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