Crown Jewel of Texas: The Story of San Antonio's River

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This thoroughly-illustrated book sweeps away a morass of anecdotal misinformation to tell for the first time the full story of the evolution of a wayward stream on the frontier of New Spain into an architectural and engineering triumph, enchanting millions of visitors each year and a model for cities throughout the world.

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When San Antonio began outgrowing its winding river in the 1880s, one writer suggested that if the banks were landscaped and made attractive the river could one day become "the crown jewel of Texas." Sure enough, a hundred years and many travails later, the San Antonio River became the top visitor attraction in Texas.

Crown Jewel of Texas tells how the river gave birth to a colorful city which grew into the nation's eighth-largest. With the river in decline, aroused citizens in 1912 elected a reform city government that gave top priority to a river beautification project. It won national acclaim. When construction of the present-day River Walk began in 1939, it was the culmination of years of now mostly-forgotten struggles by generations of San Antonians seeking to preserve their river's historic beauty.

About the Author:

Lewis Fisher first fell under the spell of the River Walk in 1964, when he came to San Antonio for U.S. Air Force officer training. He returned five years later as a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and later established a group of suburban San Antonio newspapers, which he published for 21 years. His writing has received awards from state and national newspaper organizations as well as from the San Antonio Conservation Society and the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His other books on San Antonio include San Antonio: Outpost of Empires, The Spanish Missions of San Antonio and Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage.

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