March 30, 2018

30 Vintage Photos of San Antonio's Beautiful Parks

Check out these vintage photos – some of which were taken before your grandparents were even born – and try having a scavenger hunt to find out which structures are still standing!
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Japanese Tea Gardens in Brackenridge Park, 1929
Even though a lot has changed over the decades, you can still see echoes of what the Japanese Tea Gardens used to look like.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Japanese Tea Gardens in Brackenridge Park, 1929
Even though a lot has changed over the decades, you can still see echoes of what the Japanese Tea Gardens used to look like.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Louis C. Melas and friends picnicking in Koehler Park, circa 1910
We wish we were as dashing as Louis C. Melas and his friends, pictured here.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Louis C. Melas and friends picnicking in Koehler Park, circa 1910
We wish we were as dashing as Louis C. Melas and his friends, pictured here.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Two women beside San Pedro Lake, circa 1900s
We're speechless.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Two women beside San Pedro Lake, circa 1900s
We're speechless.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Girls posing beside an eagle statue, circa 1900
This eagle would be an awesome thing to try to find in a park. We can’t guarantee that it still exists, but we'll have some fun exploring.
Photo via John C. Kight Photograph Collection
Girls posing beside an eagle statue, circa 1900
This eagle would be an awesome thing to try to find in a park. We can’t guarantee that it still exists, but we'll have some fun exploring.
Photo via John C. Kight Photograph Collection
Women feeding geese from a rowboat in San Pedro Park, circa 1900s
This looks like it could be a painting from the Impressionist era, but it happened in real life, here in San Antonio.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Women feeding geese from a rowboat in San Pedro Park, circa 1900s
This looks like it could be a painting from the Impressionist era, but it happened in real life, here in San Antonio.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Spillway from San Antonio River into Brackenridge Park, 1927
You might not be able to find this exact water feature, but the sights you see while exploring will definitely take your breath away.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Spillway from San Antonio River into Brackenridge Park, 1927
You might not be able to find this exact water feature, but the sights you see while exploring will definitely take your breath away.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Iron bridge over San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, 1927
For the record, you can still find this bridge.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Iron bridge over San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, 1927
For the record, you can still find this bridge.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Joe Meyer and Edna Oppenheimer in a horse-drawn buggy in Brackenridge Park, 1904
While there is an equestrian trail in the Brackenridge Park cluster, these days you must have special permits to use a buggy or cart with your horse.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
Joe Meyer and Edna Oppenheimer in a horse-drawn buggy in Brackenridge Park, 1904
While there is an equestrian trail in the Brackenridge Park cluster, these days you must have special permits to use a buggy or cart with your horse.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
A path through San Pedro Park, 1880s
If you look, you can still find paths like this today.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
A path through San Pedro Park, 1880s
If you look, you can still find paths like this today.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
San Pedro Park, circa 1902
It’s hard to believe we had parks like this even as early as 1902.
Photo via General Photograph Collection
San Pedro Park, circa 1902
It’s hard to believe we had parks like this even as early as 1902.
Photo via General Photograph Collection