San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk, also known as Paseo del Rio, is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of pedestrian walkways, shops, and restaurants along the river in the heart of downtown San Antonio, one story below street level.
As the city developed along the San Antonio River, the area was plagued by flooding. After a devastating flood in 1921 in which 50 people lost their lives, the city government went forward with a plan to divert the river and pave over the section that flowed through the city, creating a storm sewer in its place. A group of concerned citizens, founding what would become the San Antonio Conservation Society, succeeded in stopping the paving and in 1929, the city adopted  Robert H.H. Hugman’s plan to continue with flood control measures, but incorporate plans for commercial development along the banks. However, the area was reputedly highly dangerous, as a result of both natural disasters and crime.
Nonetheless, WPA funding helped bring this first phase of the project to completion in 1938. According to the Paseo del Rio Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to promote and preserve the River Walk, it is today the number-one tourist attraction in Texas, with continued growth and expansion.
The River Walk is home to many festivals and celebrations, including Fiesta San Antonio, Fiesta de Las Luminarias, and the Mud Festival.
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The Stack Family Films, no. 2 - San Antonio
Home movie scenes of a Stack family trip to San Antonio
The San Antonio River Foundation - Your River is Your Legacy (2010)
A promotional video for the San Antonio River Foundation’s impressive river improvement project
The San Antonio River Foundation - How Will the River Reach You? (2010)
A promotional video for the San Antonio River Foundation’s work in enhancing the area around the city’s r...
The San Antonio River Foundation - Paseo del Arte: Expanding the San Antonio River Walk (2009)
Short documentary profiling the expansion of the San Antonio River Walk with the construction of the Pase...
The Peggy Shiman Collection, no. 1 - San Antonio, c. 1940s
Home movie footage of sites around San Antonio
The Ludeke Family Collection, no. 9 - 1968 HemisFair
Home movie footage of a family trip to the 1968 world’s fair in San Antonio.
The Edwin S. Mayer Collection - San Antonio River Walk
1940s home movie of a family vacation to San Antonio, featuring an uncharacteristically vacant River Walk
The Driskell-Owens-Pickard Family Film Collection - Summer Vacation and Celebrations (1977-8)
Home movie footage of the Pickard family on a road trip through Central Texas and celebrating birthdays a...
The Coltman Collection, no. 4 - Travels Around Texas (1962)
Home movie footage of the Coltman family traveling to historic sites in San Antonio, Dallas and East Texas
Mrs. LBJ at Fiesta, Starts Texas Tour at San Antonio Fete
Lady Bird Johnson at San Antonio "Light Fiesta"
Folklórico! (1987)
Educational film about the development and purpose of traditional Mexican dance, focusing on a group in S...
Category - Fiesta San Antonio