Doorway Into the Past, Then and Now

Thursday: Then and Now

The Reptile Garden in Brackenridge Park may seem like an oddity now, but when it opened in 1933 it was a popular attraction for San Antonio residents.  It came to its final location in 1939 and entertained visitors until its closure in 1975 when the manager retired and took his "collection" to Arkansas. Click on the… Continue reading Thursday: Then and Now

Then and Now, Weather

Thursday Then and Now: Hurricane Prediction

Hurricane prediction has come a long way in the past few years as evidenced by this map published on September 22, 1920, showing the "probable" path of a tropical storm that had intensified into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Just a map with an arrow pointing to the area where it was thought… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: Hurricane Prediction

Then and Now

Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building

When the Milam Building opened in downtown San Antonio in 1928 it was the first high-rise office building with air-conditioning.  What a remarkable innovation! I have fond memories of the little coffee shop on the first floor.  Not only did they have fabulous biscuits, it was where the who's who of the SA business world… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Milam Building