Commercial, Institutional, and Industrial History

The Mission Trails route is adjacent to a number of important historic businesses, institutions, and industrial sites that have played an important role in the development of San Antonio, from breweries to hotels and department stores to fire stations.

Big Tex Industrial Complex

Big Tex Industrial Complex

The former Big Tex Industrial Complex operated throughout the early twentieth century and reflects the significant role San Antonio historically played as a regional agricultural processing hub.
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Blue Star Street Industrial Historic District

Blue Star Street Industrial Historic District

The National Register of Historic Places-listed Blue Star Street Industrial Historic District represents a unique example of an early twentieth century terminal railway facility.

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Fairmount Hotel

Fairmount Hotel

The National Register of Historic Places-listed Fairmount Hotel at the corner of South Alamo and Nueva Streets was originally constructed in 1906 on Commerce Street.

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Fire Station No.7

Fire Station No.7

The San Antonio Fire Station No. 7 is located on a traffic island at 604 South Alamo Street near its intersection with Lavaca Street. The two-story Spanish Colonial Revival-style building was...
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Hipolito F. Garcia Post Office and Federal Building

Hipolito F. Garcia Post Office and Federal Building

The iconic Hipolito F. Garcia Post Office and Federal building was constructed from 1935 to 1936 with the support of the Federal Public Works Administration. The United States government...
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Joske’s Department Store

Joske’s Department Store

Joske’s Department Store was founded in 1869 by Julius Joske, a prominent Jewish merchant from Germany who came to San Antonio to escape religious persecution. Just after his arrival, he...
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Lone Star Brewery

Lone Star Brewery

The establishment of the Lone Star Brewery along Mission Road in 1940 was part of an extended history of commercial brewing in San Antonio that began with William A. Menger’s Western Brewery...
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Medical Arts Building

Medical Arts Building

The former Medical Arts Building, currently known as the Emily Morgan Hotel, was constructed in 1926 and represents an intact example of the type of Neo-Gothic skyscraper popular throughout the...
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Menger Hotel

Menger Hotel

One of the most iconic and historically significant buildings in San Antonio, the original portion of the National Register of Historic Places-listed Menger Hotel, was constructed on Alamo Plaza...
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Mission Road Power Plant - City Public Services (CPS)

Mission Road Power Plant - City Public Services (CPS)

The Mission Road Power Plant - City Public Services (CPS) is one of the earliest and largest power plants in San Antonio. Electricity first appeared in the city in 1882 through the San...
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Pioneer Flour Mills

Pioneer Flour Mills

Pioneer Flour Mills was initially founded as the C.H. Guenther Mill by Carl Hilmar Guenther, a millwright who immigrated to the United States from Germany in the late 1840s.

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Stinson Airport

Stinson Airport

The National Register of Historic Places-listed Stinson Airport is the second oldest continuously operated airport in the United States and the oldest west of the Mississippi. It was established...
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