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May 1 in San Antonio history...

1718
Mission San Antonio de Valero is established on the west bank of the San Antonio River after the removal of the Mission San Jose del Alamo is ordered by the Marquis Valero, viceroy of New Spain, from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

1936
The Rexall Train, a $1,000,000 convention center on rails (right), arrives in San Antonio for the San Antonio Rexall convention for San Antonio pharmacists to be held on May 4. (Colorized photo courtesy of Imbued with Hues)

1947
The Jefferson Hotel, formerly the Bexar Hotel, closes at noon, never to reopen. Charles Seelbach, who has been operating the hotel under a lease the past few years, said that the fire prevention bureau has ordered improvements and alterations, including a sprinkler system, that would cost $50,000.  Seelbach plans to sell the furniture at auction and retire to Memphis, Tennessee.

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