“San Antonio! Loveliest city in Texas, Venice of the Drylands, its river runs right through the heart of own, providing a colourful waterway for festive barges and an exotic riverside walk along which one could promenade forever.“
With these words Prof. Dr. Travis Barlow, a fictitional character in James A. Michener‘s “Texas“, waxes enthusiastic about San Antonio, and continues:
“How glad I was to be coming back to a city I had cherished as a boy, for this had been my family’s preferred vacation spot.
I remembered well the Buckhorn Saloon, that relic of the Old West, with its fantastic guns and cattle horns. I sneaked my first beer there, my mother watching from a distance, then teasing when I spat it out. Later, when I returned from Europe to find the Buckhorn moved, I felt as if my youth had officially ended.
San Antonio! Conservative, always lagging behind more daring towns like Houston and Dallas, it had long been the largest city in Texas but had now given way to those two giants. Recently it had stunned the state by electing as mayor a man of Spanish heritage, and in decades to come it might once more become a leading city because of the spectacular development of its Spanish-speaking population.”
James A. Michener, Texas (New York 1987), p. 145
- Texas Part 1: San Antonio (nannybyday.wordpress.com)