Recreation and Heritage Tourism

In response to San Antonio’s rapid growth during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many local residents became concerned with the associated loss of the city’s historic landmarks. This concern coupled with the city’s increasing status as a tourist destination prompted the development of the local tourism and heritage conservation industry. During the nineteenth century, the advent of the railroad facilitated easier travel to the city from far remote areas of the country while the city’s historic missions and mild climate drew increasing numbers of visitors to the area. Some important resources within the vicinity of the Mission Trails hike and bike trail were preserved as a result of these efforts.

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

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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Hot Wells Resort

Hot Wells Resort

The location of the former nationally renowned Hot Wells Resort is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Mission Parkway Historical District. The resort represented a...
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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 Concepción (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna)

Mission Concepción (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna)

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísma Concepción de Acuña (Mission Concepción) is located approximately three miles south of downtown San Antonio. The mission was...
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Mission Espada (Mission San Francisco de la Espada)

Mission Espada (Mission San Francisco de la Espada)

Mission San Francisco de la Espada was established in San Antonio in 1731. Like two of the area’s other Spanish Colonial-era missions, it was relocated from East Texas, where it had...
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Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo)

Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo)

Mission San Antonio de Valero was founded in 1718 by Fray Antonio de Olivares. Olivares arrived in the San Antonio area in that year with Native American converts from Mission San Francisco Solano...
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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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Mission San Juan (Mission San Juan Capistrano)

Mission San Juan (Mission San Juan Capistrano)

The history of Mission San Juan Capistrano is similar to that of two other nearby missions in that it was relocated to the San Antonio area from East Texas in 1731. Its purpose was also similar to...
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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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