May 26, 2018

20 Useless San Antonio Facts Everyone Should Know to Impress Out-of-towners

Mostly pointless, but still interesting, tidbits make for great conversation. Wow your guests with these random San Antonio facts.
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If you want to get technical, it’s illegal to flirt or respond to someone’s advances with the eyes or hands in San Antonio. Not sure what that means? Neither do we, but it’s law here in SA.
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If you want to get technical, it’s illegal to flirt or respond to someone’s advances with the eyes or hands in San Antonio. Not sure what that means? Neither do we, but it’s law here in SA.


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San Antonio’s Martin Luther King Jr. March is the largest in the country.
Photo by Jaime Monzon

San Antonio’s Martin Luther King Jr. March is the largest in the country.


Photo by Jaime Monzon
San Pedro Springs Park is the second oldest park in the entire country, and the oldest in Texas. During the Civil War, it was used as a camp for prisoners of war. Today you’ll find the San Pedro Library, a swimming pool, a skate plaza and more than 60 hiking trails.
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San Pedro Springs Park is the second oldest park in the entire country, and the oldest in Texas. During the Civil War, it was used as a camp for prisoners of war. Today you’ll find the San Pedro Library, a swimming pool, a skate plaza and more than 60 hiking trails.


Photo via Instagram / jovansview
The dirt at the SA Stock Show & Rodeo is the same 2,160 tons of dirt that’s been used since 1988. It’s sifted through, of course.
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The dirt at the SA Stock Show & Rodeo is the same 2,160 tons of dirt that’s been used since 1988. It’s sifted through, of course.


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In 1923, high school teacher Ellen Schultz wanted to start a museum in San Antonio. Along with other local residents and students, she helped raise funds by selling bluebonnets and cakes. They raised enough money to acquire the well-known H.P. Attwater natural history collection, the Witte Museum’s first collection.
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In 1923, high school teacher Ellen Schultz wanted to start a museum in San Antonio. Along with other local residents and students, she helped raise funds by selling bluebonnets and cakes. They raised enough money to acquire the well-known H.P. Attwater natural history collection, the Witte Museum’s first collection.


Photo via Instagram / vexconference
You can actually take the stairs at the Tower of the Americas. It’ll only take you 952 steps to reach the top of the 750-foot-tall structure.
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You can actually take the stairs at the Tower of the Americas. It’ll only take you 952 steps to reach the top of the 750-foot-tall structure.


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Bracken Cave, not too far from Natural Bridge Caverns, is home to the world’s largest bat colony.
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Bracken Cave, not too far from Natural Bridge Caverns, is home to the world’s largest bat colony.


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In 2011, the West Side community gathered at Lanier HS to set a Guinness World Record of the most tamales ever made. During the 10-hour giant tamalada, 1,300 students and volunteers made 17,106 tamales.
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In 2011, the West Side community gathered at Lanier HS to set a Guinness World Record of the most tamales ever made. During the 10-hour giant tamalada, 1,300 students and volunteers made 17,106 tamales.


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Before his days in the White House, former president Theodore Resident recruited his famous Rough Riders over at the Menger Hotel. There’s even some memorabilia on display at the hotel today. The hotel, built in 1859, itself is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi River.
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Before his days in the White House, former president Theodore Resident recruited his famous Rough Riders over at the Menger Hotel. There’s even some memorabilia on display at the hotel today. The hotel, built in 1859, itself is the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi River.


Photo via Instagram / bigyeti1981
Katherine Stinson, the namesake for Stinson Middle School, was the fourth woman to receive a pilot’s license in the U.S. She lived in San Antonio in the early 1900s and was the first woman to perform a loop-the-loop maneuver. Stinson Municipal Airport is named after her family, full of pilots, and is the second oldest municipal airport in the country.
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Katherine Stinson, the namesake for Stinson Middle School, was the fourth woman to receive a pilot’s license in the U.S. She lived in San Antonio in the early 1900s and was the first woman to perform a loop-the-loop maneuver. Stinson Municipal Airport is named after her family, full of pilots, and is the second oldest municipal airport in the country.


Photo via Instagram / annasenno