Friday, November 27, 2015

San Antonio's Government Hill - Saturday, November 21, 2015

Today's walk was just plain interesting. Our 10k Volksmarch took us around the Government Hill Historic District and one of the historical markers was the most unique I have ever read. More about that later.

At 9:00 am we started the Volksmarch at a running shoe store on Broadway in San Antonio. The weather was beautiful, about 68 but very windy. More than once dirt blew into my eyes during this walk. I ended up closing my eyes and holding Bob's elbow to keep more dirt from blowing into them. That was quite the experience in trust. Because we were walking on a street with no curbs and no traffic, it was pretty easy to let him guide me.

Government Hill was developed from 1890 to 1930 and was linked to the development of Ft. Sam Houston. Beautiful homes and businesses built in different styles populate the neighborhood of Government Hill.

Below is the the Gothic-revival style St. Paul's Episcopal Church on E. Grayson Street built to serve the military families in the Ft. Sam Houston area.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Lambermont or Terrell Castle
From Grayson Street, you can see Officer's Row at Ft. Sam Houston. Some of those homes are spectacular and housed Colonel and Mrs. Eisenhower and General Pershing.

Below are photos of the original USAA building on Grayson St.

USAA logo
Old USAA building entryway
Historic USAA building
The Quadrangle at Ft. Sam Houston is a lovely place to visit. Inside the Quadrangle walls are deer, peacocks and ducks. We saw them on a different walk.

The Quadrangle, Ft. Sam Houston
The Quadrangle
A bar across from Ft. Sam Houston.
Fort Sam Houston, established 1876
Art at entrance to Johnny's Tex-Mex restaurant
An old school in Government Hill
San Antonio Fire Station No. 5
Another beautiful home in Government Hill
Below is Dixie Flag Company. If you need any flags, this business can provide them or point you in the right direction. You can see by the huge flag that a stiff breeze was blowing.
Murals on St. Patrick's Community Center caught our eyes. The artwork is colorful and very well done.

St. Patrick's Church
St. Patrick's Church
We enjoyed traversing back and forth on the streets in Government Hill looking at the homes.

Home built in an old church
The Bullis House, now a bed and breakfast

At one of our checkpoints, the volunteers pointed out the following historical marker which describes San Antonio's astronomical history. We highly recommend enlarging and reading this marker which is fascinating.

Today's walk was enjoyable. It was nice to have a Saturday off work to do a sponsored Volksmarch. Travel Bug out.


  1. As many Volksmarches in San Antonio as you have been on, I can't believe you can find new ones. I think, this may be one of my favorites. Love the murals. Merry Christmas.

    1. Here are a couple of my other blogs that give more history of the Government Hill/Fort Sam Houston area:


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