15 Tidbits of San Antonio Trivia 

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The heavily influential blues singer Robert Johnson held his first recording session in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel. The first single was "Terraplane Blues," one of the few songs that were released before Johnson's death at 27.

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Someone wanted to call the Tower of the Americas the Astroshaft. A contest was held to name San Antonio’s signature phallic symbol. Astroshaft was one of the entries, presumably from someone who thought that the spire looked like a giant space penis. In the the end, the judges chose the less awesome name we know today.

River Walk architect Robert H. H. Hugman, called the downtown destination “The Shops of Romula and Aragon” in his original 1929 plans.

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Wings, the 1927 silent film and first Academy Award Best Picture winner, was filmed in San Antonio at Kelly Field.

San Antonio was a stop in one of the most notorious tours in rock history. The Sex Pistols played at Randy’s Rodeo—now a bingo hall on Bandera Road—on the third date of their legendary tour that ended with the punk band’s break-up.

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San Pedro Springs Park is the oldest park in Texas and the second oldest park in the United States.

“Olmos” is misspelled on the Olmos Pharmacy sign.

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How cool is this? The Milam Building on Travis Street was the first high-rise office in the United States to have air conditioning.

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The first public demonstration of barbed wire took place outside the Menger Hotel in 1876.

Speaking of the Menger, it’s the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi River.
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President Lyndon B. Johnson married Lady Bird Johnson at downtown’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on November 17, 1934. They had been dating for only 10 weeks.

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Fritos were invented in San Antonio. During the Depression, Charles Elmer Doolin, owner of a San Antonio confectionery, bought the original recipe and patent for the deep-fried corn chips for $100 from a local Mexican man who sold the snacks at a gas station. After tweaking the recipe, Doolin founded The Frito Company and began selling the chips in 1932.

The Emily Morgan hotel, which used to be the Nix Medical Arts building, is adorned with gargoyles that depict medical ailments.

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While he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, would-be President Dwight D. Eisenhower coached football for St. Louis College, which is now St. Mary’s University.

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Woody Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson assassinated U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. in a parking lot outside his home in San Antonio. It was the first assassination of a federal judge in the 20th century.

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The heavily influential blues singer Robert Johnson held his first recording session in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel. The first single was "Terraplane Blues," one of the few songs that were released before Johnson's death at 27.

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