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San Antonio's Tricentennial

San Antonio's roots go back into the late 1600s, but it was made official in May 1718 when Fray Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Martín de Alarcón, Governor of Coahuila y Tejas established Mission San Antonio de Valero and Presidio San Antonio de Béxar.

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The horrific images of fire consuming Notre Dame cathedral in Paris resonated among some San Antonio residents who remembered when a blaze in 2008 damaged their own religious community at Our Lady of the Lake University.

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From the reopening of the San Fernando Cathedral to the grand opening of the Witte Museum to the birth of Texas Public Radio news, San Antonio’s history is as varied and colorful as the people who inhabit the Alamo City.

This is Texas Public Radio’s San Antonio Tricentennial Minute, a look back at 300 years of Alamo City culture, one day at a time, written and produced by David Martin Davies and narrated by contributor Yvette Benavides.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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From the filming of the Oscar-winning "Wings" to the Battle of Salado Creek to the opening of the oldest public two-year college in Texas still in operation, San Antonio’s history is as varied and colorful as the people who inhabit the Alamo City. 

This is Texas Public Radio’s San Antonio Tricentennial Minute, a look back at 300 years of Alamo City culture, one day at a time, written and produced by David Martin Davies and narrated by contributor Yvette Benavides.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Near railroad tracks, in the shadow of the Interstate 37 interchange, and about a football field away from the Alamodome, sits a house dating back to 1883 — a mauve- and cream-colored Roatzsch-Griesenbeck-Arciniega house, the only old structure within hundreds of yards.


"Vintage HemisFair '68 Postcard": The Texas World's Fair was held in San Antonio. The Tower Of The Americas was buit for HemisFair '68
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From the hidden treasure of Pancho Villa to Johnny Cash's wedding at St. Anne’s Catholic Church to the construction of the Tower of the Americas, San Antonio’s history is as varied and colorful as the people who inhabit the Alamo City.

This is Texas Public Radio’s San Antonio Tricentennial Minute, a look back at 300 years of Alamo City culture, one day at a time, written and produced by David Martin Davies and narrated by contributor Yvette Benavides.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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