The Bell County Courthouse was presented to County Commissioners on May 29, 1885 and has been used for county business ever since. Over the years it has seen a few changes, but fortunately today its exterior remains much the same. To read more about the Bell County Courthouse, Click Here
Lesson learned: do not wait to photograph an old building whose fate is being determined by school officials and City leaders. Lesson I hope the San Antonio ISD learned: do not let your buildings deteriorate until they are crumbling and beyond saving. Most likely, they did not learn this one. I have searched for quite… Continue reading Thursday: Then & 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
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
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
The International & Great Northern Railroad made its entrance into San Antonio, Texas in 1879 following a route from Austin, Texas to Laredo, Texas. This Mission Revival style passenger station was built in 1906 and served the community until its closure in 1970. To say that it had deteriorated is an understatement. However, in time… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The International and Great Northern Railroad passenger station
The Texas Theater was considered one of San Antonio's finest movie theaters when it opened on December 26, 1926. It was a popular theater and enjoyed success until the great movie houses downtown, and downtown in general, felt the downward spiral of neglect as the City grew out into the suburbs. The last show was… Continue reading Thursday Then and Now: The Texas Theater
Raba, Ernst Wilhelm, 1874-1951. [Dullnig Building], photograph, Date Unknown; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth460129/m1/1/: accessed May 28, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting San Antonio Conservation Society. Photograph taken May 18, 2020 standing almost in the same location. What happened here? Well, I'm not sure but I'm going to find out and will post in Doorway Into the Past.