A Night in Old San Antonio : A History in Photographs
The "Bird Man," played by local landscape architect Stewart King until 1970, was one of NIOSA's most beloved period characters. Each year, he would "peddle" his pigeons to NIOSA visitors, but never sold a single bird. Historically, bird sellers gathered in Military Plaza, which served as a major market site in the late 1800s. Here, they vied with chili queens and other vendors of "exotic" local goods, tempting tourists to buy their wares.

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Stewart King as the NIOSA Bird Man, 1955.Stewart King as the NIOSA Bird Man, 1955.