Friday, November 15 (continued): Our Houston Street Historic Walk led by David L. Peche started in the shadow of the new Frost Bank Tower in downtown San Antonio. However, our walk today will focus only on the buildings that were here at the time of the 1919 OST Convention.
|The modern Frost Bank Tower|
opened in 2019.
|A reference book.|
|Photo from the book above of 110 Rand |
Bldg. (the Wolff and Marx Company
Department Store) in 1913.
|110 Rand Building - the old Wolff and |
Marx Department Store - as seen
on today's walk.
|Savoy Hotel built in 1910 was a stop for the OST|
travelers in San Antonio.
|Savoy Hotel detail.|
|The Book Building (1906) |
has beautiful lines.
|A historical marker on Houston Street.|
|Central Trust Company (1919)|
|Key for the Bexar Hotel.|
|Texas Theatre (1926)|
|The Majestic Theatre (1929) which also was not|
here in 1919.
|Hertzberg Clock (1878).|
|History of the Hertzberg Clock.|
|El Tropicano Hotel.|
Our first stop was the Kendall County Courthouse and Historic Jail where we had presentations in a courtroom by members of the Kendall County Historical Commission and Genealogical Society, followed by a brief tour of the courthouse.
|Model As and Model Ts were part of the motorcade.|
|Tour of courthouse archives.|
|The vault housing the archives.|
|Historic Kendall County Courthouse.|
|On the back of the courthouse,|
there are steel "windows" to
protect the archival vault.
|The first jail in Boerne, Texas.|
|This was the second jail in Boerne, Texas.|
We toured this one.
|Susan Medlin is a very happy|
corpse (in one of the props). LOL.
|I wouldn't want to mess with his car!|
After lunch, we headed off to Comfort, Texas, for a welcome at the Comfort Heritage Foundation. Then we had free time to explore the town of Comfort, visit a private museum, and hear history at the Treue der Union monument.
|Charlotte Kahl's gorgeous quilt vest of the OST.|
|Inside the Comfort State Bank (now the|
Comfort Heritage Foundation).
|We were welcomed to Comfort, Texas.|
|The small museum inside the Comfort|
|An armadillo lamp on display in the |
Comfort Heritage Foundation (circa 1920).
|A display of old playing cards in the|
|This is a Vapo Cresolene lamp.|
|Treue der Union Monument|
|"Loyalty to the Union" historical marker.|
|Texas history recommended reading.|
|More Treue der Union history.|
|One more history marker.|
On Sunday, November 17, Bob went with me to Six Flags Fiesta Texas to start my birthday celebration week. I'm a Season Pass holder and a friend could enter free with me today. Bob is a true trooper for hitting Six Flags with me. He doesn't care for rollercoasters at all. But, for my birthday, he accompanied me around the park and waited while I rode as many coasters as I could.
We started the day at the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster. Because it was right after the park opened and the ride is in the back of the park, there was almost no line when I got there. I was able to ride five times in a row and three of those times I didn't even have to get off the coaster because there was no line. I sat in the front seat three times in a row. Awesome! Bob was prepared to sit and wait. He had his cell phone and listened to podcasts.
Next, I went to Batman: the Ride coaster and went on it twice in a row. No line there either. Then Bob and I went to the SkyScreamer swings. We waited in line, got on the swings. Waited. Then the ride went down and we had to exit.
|Batman: the Ride.|
|Batman: the Ride.|
I wanted to go on a ride with Bob, so we got on Hustler which are spinning cars shaped like billiard balls. The car we got in didn't spin very well. Usually, we can get them going really fast. Bob also went on the carousel, pirate ride, and the park train.
|Bob on the carousel.|
|Sea serpent on the carousel.|
|The park train.|
|Selfie on the train. Bob's getting good|
at taking selfies.
We had lunch and I hit a few more coasters before I hit the wall at about 3:00 p.m. Then I said, "I'm tired and ready to go home."
It was a really fun day.
It looks like it will take me one more blog to finish up what I originally wanted to accomplish in one blog. Thanks for sticking with me.
To be continued in Part 3.