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Founded in 1718, San Antonio is now the seventh largest city in the United states with 465 square miles of land and 1.5 million residents. The San Antonio metro area is home to 1.2 million people. San Antonio has 31 million annual visitors making it the most visited city in Texas.
San Antonio Nicknames
Alamo City, River City
San Antonio Firsts
- 1928-first air-conditioned high rise in the U.S., followed by the first air-conditioned bank, hotel, and Catholic Church.
- 1928-the San Antonio Zoo was one of the first cageless zoos in the U.S.
- 1952-Church's chicken
- 1968-first historic district in Texas
- 1977-first commercial local area network was developed in San Antonio
- 2013-first all-digital library
San Antonio Inventions
- Clumping cat litter
- Balloon expandable stents
- MRI machine
- Post-It Notes
- Camera phone
- Barbed wire
San Antonio Fun Facts
- San Antonio was named for the Portuguese Saint Anthony when a Spanish expedition stopped there in 1691.
- The Alamo is Texas' most visited attraction.
- It has the largest Mexican market in the U.S.
- Declared "the most Catholic city in the United States" by Pope John Paul II.
- Amazon named San Antonio the "Most Romantic City in the U.S." based on the number of purchases of romance books, movies, and… other products.
- A San Antonian rented the one billionth Netflix DVD rental—Babel.
- The wheels of a Wright Brothers airplane were installed in 1910 at Fort Sam Huston in San Antonio.
- SeaWorld San Antonio is the largest marine-life theme park in the world.
- The longhorn cattle Texas is so famous for can be traced back to San Antonio's Spanish mission settlers who brought the cattle with them in 1690.
- Known as San Antonio's Siamese twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton were conjoined twins who danced, sang and played the saxophone, which made them famous on the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s and 30s.
Famous San Antonians
Al Freeman, Carol Burnett, Christopher Cross, Davy Crockett, Ernest Tubb, Henry Thomas, Joan Crawford, John Quinones, John Schneider, Michael Nesmith, Norah O'Donnell, Paula Prentiss, Peter Weller, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Howey, Summer Glau, Thomas Gibson, Tommy Lee Jones.