Wednesday, August 27, 2014
In 1916 the San Antonio Rotary Club gave 12 burros to the children of San Antonio. They were tended by a one-legged man known only as "Peg". The San Antonio Light ( April 8, 1917) states that all the kids just loved Peg. The donkeys were originally kept in corrals built next to the river, but in 1920 Ray Lambert, the Commissioner of Parks and Sanitation credited with much of the development of the park, took bids to construct a barn near the corrals.
The current renovation will replace the roof, convert the interior into office/educational space, and make the building handicap accessible. Upgrades to electrical systems are also included. The cost is estimated at $500,000.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The plaque on the front of the John Twohig house gives a brief glimpse into the interesting history of this house now located on the grounds of the Witte Museum.
|Back side of house, facing the river|
|Back side of house (stairs on left)|
|View river as seen from outside the Twohig house (looking north toward the start of the river)|
Monday, August 4, 2014
|Remains of the front gate|
|These snake "apartments" featured steam heat to keep the snakes comfortable!|
|Side of main entrance|
South Texas was hit with a severe drought in the 1940's and snakes became scarce. When the San Antonio Zoo opened their Reptile House the remaining snakes at the garden would be transferred to it in 1942. The garden would switch to alligators as a substitute attraction; from 1952 until its closure in 1975 the garden displayed alligators and crocodiles. The snake garden closed when the manager, George Kimbrell, retired and took his collection to Arkansas.