Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Day 614

     Paseo del Río, or River Walk, is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio.

     In September 1921 a flood along the San Antonio River took 50 lives. Plans were then developed for flood control of the river. Work began on the Olmos Dam and bypass channel in 1926. So that is 5 years of bureaucratic talk.

     Born in San Antonio on February 8, 1902, Robert Harvey Harold Hugman became an architect.  In 1929 Hugman introduced a proposal called “The Shops of Aragon and Romula,” a beautification and flood-control plan for the heart of the city. It only took 10 years to get approval and funding, those bureaucrats, again. He was made project manager, and is now acknowledged as “the Father of the River Walk”.

     The River Walk is 2.5 miles and is lined with hotels, restaurants, and a variety of shops.

     Bridges allow you to get from one side to the other, and boat tours are available day and night. 

     We did walk the streets of Laredo 

     We also attended San Antonio, the Saga, which is a video art projected on the face of San Fernando Cathedral, in San Antonio.

     After dark, laser light were displayed on the church facade

     It told the history of San Antonio

5 thoughts on “Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

  1. Great city! It looks like they copied the idea of the light show on the cathedral from Chartres, France. I enjoyed Barbara’s face in the picture.

    On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:49 AM, The 5th Wheel wrote:

    > Steven J. Scheinin posted: “Day 614 Paseo del Río, or River Walk, is > a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story > beneath the streets of San Antonio. In September 1921 a flood along > the San Antonio River took 50 lives. Plans were then dev” >

  2. Were you all a little underwhelmed at the size of the Alamo? We just envisioned this huge church and grounds and when you walk around inside the church, it is really small. You really get a sense for the battle if you go up in the Tower of America and then you can see the entire area where the battle took place. The Riverwalk is probably one of the best “city” attractions in the Country.

      1. We were there a few years ago between Christmas and New Years. The Alamo Bowl was going on and we were staying at the Hyatt which was also the team hotel. ESPN was broadcasting from the lobby so as you can imagine it was pretty crazy during our visit. We really enjoyed our visit. Probably one of the best and safest cities to visit in the U.S. One of the highlights was a ghost tour and only because it was a 2 hour walking tour at midnight, so we covered a lot of historical places in the down town area including the Cathedral Getting ready to fly to Kansas City and drive the original Rt. 66 through Oklahoma.

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