John James dies at the age of 56. He became Bexar County chief surveyor and surveyed and established the city’s boundaries in 1846. He participated in the Battle of Salado in 1842. In 1844 he surveyed and laid out the city of Castroville. In 1853, he and Charles de Montel established the city of Bandera and set up a horse-powered lumber mill there. He also established the first lumberyard in San Antonio and introduced Merino sheep in the Bandera area. In 1854, he and 35 others headed to California with more than 1,000 head of cattle. James also surveyed Fort Davis, Boerne, D’Hanis, and Quihi. He is said to have surveyed more land in Texas than any other individual surveyor. James was also the father-in-law of well known architect Alfred Giles.
Six planes from the First Aero Squadron, in a history-making event, land in San Antonio to end a 450-mile nonstop flight from Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
The first pedestrian crossing lanes in San Antonio have been painted at the intersection of Alamo and Houston streets.