Thursday, December 12, 2019

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October 1 in San Antonio history...

1953
After one day, the city water conservation ordinance is rescinded.  The ordinance, setting up alternate lawn watering days for even and odd numbered houses, drew criticism from both a city official and a water board executive.  City Manager Ralph Winton said that the ordinance “wastes more water than it saves.”

1971bexar_hotel
Demolition begins on the Jefferson Hotel (right) at the corner of E. Houston and Jefferson streets. The property will become a surface parking lot which will be leased to Allright Parking, Inc.  The Jefferson Hotel was constructed in 1879 as the Bexar Hotel, which was considered one of the finest in the city at the turn of the century.  All but the street level of the hotel has been condemned since 1946.  The demolition will force five businesses to find new locations:  Parisian Ladies’ Shop, Kay’s Fine Linens, Allen Shoes, the Jefferson Café and Russell Stover Candies. (photo from the UTSA Photo Archives)

2011
The Wolfson Building at Main and Commerce burns for a second time (January 24, 1904) and is completely destroyed. Flames also damage the first seven floors of the adjacent Riverview Towers.

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