What Do You Know About San Antonio?

What do you know about San Antonio? Here are some trivial bits to pull out when the conversation wanes:

  • Fritos corn chips were invented in San Antonio in 1932.
  • Movie actress Joan Crawford and comedienne Carol Burnett were born in San Antonio.
  • San Antonio is the seventh largest city and the third fastest growing city in the United States.
  • Conde Nast Traveler ranks San Antonio as the number two U.S. travel destination, and number nine worldwide destinations.
  • The San Antonio Zoo is celebrating its “zootennial,” its 100-year anniversary. It’s the seventh largest zoo in the United States.
  • San Antonio is home to 85,000 military personnel. Fort Sam Houston is the headquarters for the U.S. Army Medical Command as well as the home of the Fifth Army. Nearby Air Force bases include Lackland, Randolph, and Brooks.
  • Tower of the Americas, built in 1968 for the World’s Fair, is a 750-foot tower in HemisFair Park offering a 360-degree view of San Antonio.
  • Chili was invented in San Antonio and was “introduced” to the nation at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.
  • Babe Ruth and the Yankees used to hold spring exhibition games in San Antonio.
  • Tommy Lee Jones, actor and an eighth-generation Texan, owns several ranches in Texas, including a home in a suburb just outside San Antonio.
  • Shaquille O’Neal played high school basketball in San Antonio, and in 1989 helped his team go 36-0 for the season, earning him the title of San Antonio Express-News Sportsman of the Year.
  • San Pedro Springs Park, founded in the 1800s, is the United States’ second oldest park. (Boston Common in Massachusetts was founded in 1630.)
  • San Antonio is home to the largest of the three SeaWorld Parks.
  • The 21-story Milam Building, built in 1928 and located in downtown San Antonio, was the first fully air-conditioned high-rise building in the United States. The original system piped chilled water past fans that circulated cool air.
  • Fiesta San Antonio, a 10-day celebration that began in 1891, happens every April to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. There are parades, special Fiesta medals and pins, music (including jazz, mariachi, and tejano), food and drink, and more entertainment.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird were married in San Antonio at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, across from Travis Park downtown.
  • What are people in San Antonio called? Texans.

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