Introductions to San Antonio

The second largest city in Texas, right after Houston, is San Antonio. It is the seventh largest city in the United States of America. The population of the city in 2006 was just under 1.3 million that is spread over an area of four hundred and seven square miles.

San Antonio was named for the Portuguese Saint Anthony, whose feast day is on the 13th of June and this was the day when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area back in the year 1691. The city has a strong military presence.

It is home to Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis right outside the city. San Antonio is the city where one can find the South Texas Medical Center which is the only medical research center and care provider in the whole South Texas region.

Twenty six million tourists visit the city of San Antonio every year according to the Visitor’s Bureau and the city is famous for the Alamo, Tejano culture, its River Walk, and is home to the SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks. San Antonio is also the city where the first museum of modern art in Texas was established and this museum is called the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum. The city is home to one of the more successful National Basketball Association teams in the history of league, the San Antonio Spurs.

The city’s weather is alternately dry or humid and this solely depends on dominant winds. The winds turn hot in the summer, mild to cool in winters. Spring and fall are comfortably warm and rainy. Snow is very rare and only a few freezes occur each year.

July and August are the warmest months of the year and the coolest month is January. The primary source of drinking water for the city is the Edwards Aquifer.

The architecture and layout of San Antonio are more urban by tradition than the other cities in Texas, such as Dallas and Austin. Downtown san Antonio is made up of many districts including the Alamo District, Central Business District, Alamodome District, Convention Center District, Houston Street District, King William Historic District, Historic Civic District, La Villita District, Market Square District, North River District, River Bend District, North Downtown, SoSo (South of Southtown), Southtown, and the University District.

San Antonio has a spread out economy with four primary focuses: health care, financial services, national defense, and tourism. Around twenty million visitors come to the city each year and contribute considerably to the city’s economy. Tourism also brings new annual revenues to the City of San Antonio. The main tourist attraction of San Antonio is Alamo. The River Walk is the second most visited attraction. The other favorite tourist spots are Cathedral of San Fernando, HemisFair Park which is the home of the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures, The Majestic Theatre, El Mercado, La Villita, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, and the historic Menger Hotel.

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