HemisFair Park, San Antonio, Texas: An archival study for the Convention Center expansion




Johnson, Edgar D.
Cox, I. Waynne
Bousman, C. Britt

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Center for Archaeological Research, The University of Texas at San Antonio


In August and September 1996, the Center for Archaeological Research conducted archival research on the proposed Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion in downtown San Antonio, Texas. This area, now in HemisFair Park, was once part of the agricultural fields for the Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo). This report presents a general history of the area, a review of previous archaeological research in HemisFair Park, detailed archival research on nineteenth-century buildings known to be present in the construction area, and recommendations for further archaeological investigations in preparation for the construction of the Convention Center. Also, all known photographs from the Institute of Texan Cultures of nineteenth-century structures in HemisFair Park are published as an appendix.



archaeological investigation, archaeology, Texas archaeology, archival study, historical research, San Antonio, Bexar County, civic improvement, HemisFair Plaza, excavations, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Indians of North America, Spanish colonial period