Downtown San Antonio has grown from a rough and tumble cowboy town into a modern city full of the finest in shopping, dining, and entertainment. San Antonio played a significant role in the history of Texas, and living in downtown San Antonio puts history right at your fingertips.
Mission San Antonio de Valero
More commonly known as the Alamo, construction of Mission San Antonio de Valero was begun in 1724 and was the city’s first mission. Originally a place of refuge for missionaries and indians who had converted to Christianity, the Alamo eventually became the site of one of the greatest battles in American history and an enduring symbol of freedom for the state of Texas. Occupants of the Alamo during the famed battle against General Santa Anna and his army included Jim Bowie and frontiersman David Crockett. Now residents of downtown San Antonio can share in the remarkable history of this city and live mere footsteps from this great monument.
Have a Drink with Theodore Roosevelt
Among the many restaurants and bars in downtown San Antonio is the Menger Hotel. Have a drink at the Menger Bar, just as former President Theodore Roosevelt did as he was recruiting his “Rough Riders.” Other distinguished guests of the hotel included Robert E. Lee, Babe Ruth, Ulysses S. Grant, and Mae West. This historic national landmark was built in 1859 and is merely 100 yards from the Alamo. Visitors to this public hotel will marvel at it’s museum-like qualities. Residents of downtown San Antonio are lucky to have such a historic watering hole just steps from home.
View the Stately Mansions of the King William Historic District
Once home to the richest and most fashionable members of San Antonio society, much of the King Williams Historic district remains residential. Located just a half mile from the River Walk, this 25-block area offers walking tours of its impressive, rennovated mansions. The area was originally settled by German immigrants, including Anton Wulff, a very prosperous merchant. The Anton Wulff house was built in 1870 for his wife and 11 children, out of locally quarried limestone. Today it houses the San Antonio Conservation Society. Living in downtown San Antonio offers the unique combination of sleek, sophisticated urban style seamlessly interwoven with rich Texas history.