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The Source: Exploring Our City's Hidden Gems

Credit Uptown Theater, 1945. The Zintgraff Collection, UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures, #Z-2647-O-1, Courtesy of John and Dela White.
Once the Uptown Theater, the building at the corner of Ashby and Fredericksburg is now the St. Ann's Parish Center. It's original entrance was bricked up.


In every city there are hidden gems; places off the beaten trail, less known and less likely to be a tourist attraction, their cultural and historical value less straight forward.

Such sites include the marriage of Mexican craftsmanship and Spanish engineering that resulted in Espada Dam and aquaduct, the history of the cemetery on East Commerce, little family-owned shops that have maintained the traditions of their forebears, the spots far from city center, the repurposed, and the countless places overrun by time.

We want to talk about these places, and some of your favorite obscure places in San Antonio, your stories.

How do we become explorers in our own city? How have our experiences shaped our sense of place?


  • John Phillip Santos, author, cultural commentator, and professor of Mestizo Cultural Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • John Dyer, professional photographer whose work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, and Texas Monthly. He released a book called "San Antonio Hidden Treasures" that has since gone out of print.

*This is the third segment in the May 15 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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