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San Antonio, city and capital of Bexar county, Tex.; on the San Antonio river and several trunk line railroads; 80 miles S.W. of Austin; is the largest city in the state; is noted as the scene of the massacre of the Alamo in 1836; and in its day seven governments have possessed it, and eight battles have been fought on its soil for the independence of Texas. The city is in a farming and stock-raising section; has lignite coal, oil, and superior clays; manufactures a large variety of commodities; and has an extensive shipping trade. Here are many large artesian wells, Fort Sam Houston, the famous Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral, Federal Building, the Conception de la Acuna, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada missions, and more than 20 parks and plazas. Pop. (1910) 96,614.


Entry from Everybody's Cyclopedia, 1912.

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