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    San Antonio Children's Museum

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    Where kids play to learn. And adults learn to play. All children must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older). All adults must be accompanied by a child.

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    San Antonio Children´s Museum
    305 E. Houston St.
    San Antonio, TX 78205
    ph: 210-212-4453
    email: info@sakids.org

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    Ingrid Bergman

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    She has a combination of rare beauty, freshness, vitality and ability that is as uncommon as a century plant in bloom.
    -W. Hale

    There are only seven movie stars in the world whose name alone will induce American bankers to lend money for movie productions, and the only woman on the list is Ingrid Bergman.
    -C. Grant

    She had an extraordinary quality of purity and nobility and a definite star personality that is very rare.
    -D. Selznick

    Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum
    301 Alamo Plaza
    San Antonio
    Texas, 78205
    ph: 210-224-9299

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    Marilyn Monroe

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    Do you have the feeling that she changed something in your life or had an influence on the way you grew up, and on what made you who you are now? In my teen years, I had two heroes, two people that I consciously or unconsciously patterned as role models: Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy. And in a sense they both were role models for me due to the things they taught: be kind to those who don't have it as good as you do. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something, if you work hard at it, you can accomplish whatever you set out to do. Be kind to children and listen to them, don't just blow them off as inexperienced. I guess that's about it: Kindness and consideration for other people, for children, for animals.

    Louis Tussaud's Plaza Wax Museum
    301 Alamo Plaza
    San Antonio
    Texas, 78205
    ph: 210-224-9299

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    Brooke Army Medical Center

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    I wish I had a magic wand
    To make it go away.
    I'd wave my scepter over you
    Until you were okay.

    I'd think good thoughts.
    I'd send you love.
    I'd transmit healing vibes.
    My wand and I would surely beat
    Whatever the doc prescribes.

    But there is no magic scepter, so
    I cannot cast a spell.
    Just know you're often in my thoughts,
    And I hope you'll soon be well.

    -J. Fuchs

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    Veterans' Reunion

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 18, 2011

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    Veterans' Reunion

    Definition of a Veteran

    A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard
    or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank
    check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of
    "up to and including my life".

    That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this
    country, who no longer understand it.
    -unknown

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    Milam 300 Year old Cypress Tree

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One thing you will notice right away is how lush the Riverwalk is. One of the trees that the tour guide pointed out was this 300-year-old Cypress tree. Taxodium distichum is a native to the southeastern part of United States and they can grow to almost 40 M. These trees have very distinctive foliage. This beautiful tree branches twist and spiral in so many directions, which gives it such character.

    Commerce Street, near intersection with Soledad Street

    History: On the morning of December 7, 1835, a Mexican soldier perched in a cypress tree across the river fired into the courtyard of the Veramendi Palace, killing Col. Benjamin Rush Milam, one the commanders leading the Texan assault on Gen. Perfecto de Cos’ garrison during the Battle of Béxar. Although this incident was not a part of the Siege of the Alamo, it played an important role in events leading up to the 1836 battle. [Note: The best way to view the tree is to stand on the north side of Commerce Street, on the bridge near the intersection with Soledad Street. The tree, which has two trunks, is located near a tan colored multi-storied building.] http://www.thealamo.org/gallery.html

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    Arneson River Theater at La Villita

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in 1939 by designed by Robert Hugman and is named after Edwin Arneson this lovely theatre has been entertaining everyone from all over the world. I think was distinctly makes this theatre so different that all others are the fact a river runs through it and you can actually see a performance from a riverboat. One side sits the audience, while on the other side is the main stage. In 1978, the bells were rededicated to Robert H.H. Hugman.

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    Oddities of nature

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    During the 1921, torrential down pore right over the Olmos Basin and San Antonio River created a massive flood of 9 feet onto Houston Street. This flood killed about 50 people. It was during this flood that you can almost still see the water line among of some of the older buildings along the Riverwalk. What stands out is a tree growing out the side of the wall and one growing out of the top of another tree. It is amazing the nature will always endure.

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    Hilton Palacio Del Rio

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in 1968 for the World’s Fair San Antonio. It was built in record time for the fair because each room was built as a complete separate unit or modular complete with furnishings then stacked and secured.

    On the corner of South Alamo and West Market Street

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    Moses Austin

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The statue is dedicated to Moses Austin on the NW corner near City Hall in the center of Military Plaza. Sculpture by Waldine Tauch.

    Moses Austin tried to start a new life since he lost his family fortune during the war of 1812. He tried to desperately to get empresarial grant in Spanish Texas. Then Governor Antonio Maria Martinez denied him and asked him to leave. While leaving he met up with Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop. He was sympathy to Austin’s’ plan to bring back colonist and then convinced the governor to listen to Moses request. Yet, sadly Moses while traveling back home to bring back his family and 300 other colonist, he was attacked by highwaymen and beaten badly. Although, left for dead, he survived enough to get home and while he was dying, requested to his son Stephen Fuller Austin to keep his dream alive.

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    San Antonio City Hall

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built 1888 and is located in the center of Military Plaza. The architecture is Italian Renaissance Revival and designed by Otto Kramer. It is just another lovely historical building that San Antonio takes much pride in. I can truly appreciate the history this building and important is has been to the development of San Antonio’s government.

    100 Military Plaza San Antonio, TX

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    US Post Office and Courthouse

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in 1935-37 and Designed by Ralph Cameron at the cost of $1,864,000. It graces the very spot that use to be the Alamo’s battlefield and before that the burial ground of Mission San Antonio de Valero. So the question I have is, are there still burials underneath it? Hmmm!

    I did not go inside of it, but wished I did. It is suppose to have some really neat murals inside the lobby painted by Howard Cook of Taos, NM and history of Texas. The building was renamed in honor of a former US District Judge Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building in 2004.

    On the corner of Houston, Travis, Alamo, and Ave E. and across the street from the historical Alamo.

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    Tower Life Building

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Build 1927-1929 by Ayers & Ayers architectural firm. It was known as being the tallest building in San Antonio from 1929-1968. It is an eight sided neo-gothic brick and terra-cotta tower with actual gargoyles. It served as the first Sears, Roebuck and Company store. It was said that it cost almost $3 million to build it and it sold for only $27,000. It eventually became part of the Hilton Hotels in 1956 and converted to apartments in 1966. Some of the other development that was supposed to take place did not happen because of the depression. The tower part was renamed to The Transit Tower for the San Antonio Transit Company, in the 1940’s. Now it is called the Tower Life Insurance Company and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

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    Good Luck Heads

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These are some of the adornment on the Tower Life Building. These were something that the Riverboat tour guide pointed out, that these particular adornments were suppose to be Good Luck, but sadly I don’t think it was a good as it should since this building experience the crash of the market in 1929.

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    St. Anthony of Padua Statue

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This lovely bronze statue graces one of the walkways of the historic Riverwalk. It is suppose to be a live size of Anthony of Padua. The inscription reads: “San Antonio - For whom the city and the river are named – Gift of Portugal.”

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