Our mission is to collect, preserve, organize, and make accessible materials that document the history of San Antonio and South Central Texas with an emphasis on historic buildings, objects, places, and customs. The library is open to the public, as well as to the members and staff of the Conservation Society.
You can’t find everything online. But you can still find a lot, if you know where to look! Each week, I’ll feature a different website that focuses on San Antonio or Texas history.
Nothing beats summer’s heat like cool, flowing water. Plunge into the Edwards Aquifer with this fascinating website! Browsing will give you a new appreciation for how this unique underground water feature has shaped our region and many of the local places we enjoy for their natural beauty.
Curious about the Blue Hole or the world’s largest water well (Living Waters Catfish Farm)? This site contains a wealth of information on natural science, history, issues, and laws relating to the underground water system that sustains San Antonio and the surrounding area. Well organized and illustrated throughout!
Don’t miss the excellent histories of places like Brackenridge Park, Hot Wells Hotel, the San Antonio River, and San Pedro Springs. Eckhardt covers the early days through recent improvement projects and archaeological discoveries. Each site’s section includes lavish illustrations using vintage postcards, contemporary photos, and even videos.
Tip: Use the Index to All Pages to browse topics, including specific historic sites and waterways.