Military and Postwar Development in San Antonio

The establishment of military flight training centers, such as Brooks and Kelly army airfields, represented a major factor in San Antonio’s growth during the 1910s and 1920s. These two facilities were established in 1916 and 1917, respectively, to train aviators to fight in World War I. Brooks Army Airfield began as a flight instructor training academy and included 16 hangars by 1918. In 1919, the facility shifted its focus to dirigible and airship training, and in 1922, it became a primary flight school. The field continued to operate as a primary flight school and aerial observation school through the 1930s (Alcott 2010).

Historic Districts

La Villita Historic District

La Villita Historic District

The National Register of Historic Places-listed La Villita Historic District is located a few blocks from Alamo Plaza near downtown San Antonio. It includes twenty-seven nineteenth century dwellings representing unique examples of early residential development in the city...

Historic Sites

Alamo Cenotaph

Alamo Cenotaph

The Alamo Cenotaph is a memorial located near the front of the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero) and stands to commemorate the men and women who chose to defend the Alamo rather than surrender...
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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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Mission San José (Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo)

Mission San José (Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo)

Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo was founded by Father Antonio Margil de Jesus in 1720. Approval for its construction was granted in order to serve several Native American groups who...
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Roosevelt Avenue Underpass and Railroad Bridge

Roosevelt Avenue Underpass and Railroad Bridge

The Roosevelt Avenue underpass travels under the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge (formerly the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad) and pedestrian bridge. The bridges include a steel stringer and a steel...
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Roosevelt Park

Roosevelt Park

The 12.9-acre Roosevelt Park was established in the early 1900s along the San Antonio River at the site of an old gravel pit once owned by Bexar County and later given to the City of San Antonio.
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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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