San Antonio and its surrounding areas are built on a rich historical background. One of the oldest Spanish colonizations of the European settlements, San Antonio, was for decades Texas’ largest city. The majority of buildings have history behind their names and many of the streets downtown are named for the ‘Founding Fathers of Texas’; Houston, Travis and Navarro as well as defenders of the Alamo; Crockett and Bowie.
We wanted to look into some of the street names that are uniquely Texas and even ‘San Antonian.’ Recently we published a blog about ‘Memorable Street Names‘ and this is another chapter in the story of street names. Here are some of our listings with names that have a story to tell.
874 SANTA CRUZ • MISSION HILLS RANCH: Santa Cruz translates to “Holy Cross” in Spanish. Santa Cruz de San Saba was one of the Spanish missions in Texas established in 1757. Inspired by the name of this historical site, 874 Santa Cruz is a Hill Country Gem in the gated Enclave at Mission Hills Ranch, and is 0.85 acres on a greenbelt with backyard privacy to enjoy the heated pool and spa.
22502 VIAJES • SAN ANTONIO: Pronounced ˈBee-AKH-heys‘ this word means to take a trip or journey in the English translation. So take a trip over to this Mediterranean style home. The Arezzo floor plan is one to be admired with the Master bedroom (boasting a jacuzzi tub and large closet) on the first level.
230 TRAVIS ST. • KERRVILLE: Located just a short drive from San Antonio, this home in Kerrville touts one of the classic South Texas historical names. William “Buck” Travis, born August 1st 1809 is famously known for his heroic death at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Prior to being a solider however, Travis was an American lawyer. At the age of 26 he achieved lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army.
1018 LA TIERRA • THE 7th AT SONTERRA: Simply stunning home centrally located and on beautiful Sonterra Golf Course dons a name that translates to “the earth” in English. This piece of earth is our ‘PostWorthy Pick’ with the combined home elements and decor streamlined throughout, it can be your slice of heaven on earth.
644 SAN MARCOS TRAIL • WAGGENER RANCH COMAL: The word San Marcos translates to Saint Mark in English. Aside from this street name there is also a well known city and river that go by the same moniker. In 1689, Spaniard Alonso de Leon led an expedition from Mexico to explore Texas and establish missions and presidios in the region. De Leon’s party helped blaze the area now known as Old San Antonio Road and Old Bastrop Highway. De Leon’s party reached the river on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist; the river was thus named the San Marcos.
46 OLD SAN ANTONIO ROAD • BOERNE: This 1930’s home with approximately 2,700 sqft. offers 4BR 2BA and a 2nd home at approximately 2,200 sqft. that was built in 1997. Also a 704 sqft. quarters was contructed in 2006 plus a full size church, built in 2000.
The Old San Antonio Road is considered part of El Camino Real De los Tejas National Historic Trail. Sometimes called “El Camino Real” or “Kings Highway” this historic roadway that extends to Louisiana was based on traditional Native American trails. The generally accepted “birth year” of the road was in 1691 following Spanish explorer Alonso de Léon’s trail blazing. Rather than a single road, it was a network of trails based on weather and Native American threats.
Here is a map, courtesy of Wikipedia:
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