Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
Located at Interstate 10 and
Boerne Stage Road near the northwestern edge of the San Antonio
city limits, the Leon Springs Historic District contains three
buildings that have had a significant impact on the
architectural and cultural history of San Antonio's surrounding
hill country communities.
In 1887, the railroad came through Leon Springs and the town was
renamed by the railroad as Aue Station. Later as automobiles
became more popular, then the Aue family built a gas station
that was expanded to a bar and restaurant. During World War I, with
the expansion of Camp Bullis to the south, Rudy Aue Sr. built
five saloons at Leon Springs. Unfortunately none of these
buildings are extant. Also during WWI, the Leon Springs Hardware
Store was used as a dance club/bar called "B29 Club".
The coming of the railroads signaled the end of the stagecoach era in Texas. By the early 1880s the stagecoach era was essentially over, although there was some stage service in rural areas past 1900. Through the years new settlements sprang up along the routes and near military posts. Thus, the stagecoach era can be regarded as an important factor in the development of Texas.
The former stagecoach stop that comprises the Leon Springs Historic District exemplifies the evolution of transportation in America. In addition to being designated a local historic district, the Aue Stagecoach Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.