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Discovering San Antonio

By Miriam Cone

Before coming to Trinity I had only visited San Antonio three times. I say only, but for a student from the Tampa Bay Area in Florida, it felt like a lot. During my first visit I didn’t see much of the city beyond the Alamo and the River Walk. The two subsequent trips were to see if Trinity was the university for me, so I spent most of my time on campus. Although I had only seen a limited amount of San Antonio’s rich history and vibrant community, I knew the city was somewhere I’d love to live. Now that I’m a rising junior, I’ve had numerous opportunities to go out and experience a lot of what the city has to offer.

This summer I’m a marketing intern at Trinity University Press, which has been an amazing experience so far and a literal dream come true. An unexpected bonus of interning with TU Press is that it has allowed me to get to know San Antonio even better.

I thought I learned a lot about the city, but reading Mark Louis Rybczyk’s book, San Antonio Uncovered, I realized how much I didn’t know. The book, subtitled Fun Facts and Hidden Histories, published by TU Press in August of 2016 as an updated edition, discusses San Antonio’s history and peculiarities, from the reason why the Hogwild Records building has a sign with the number of miles to the North Pole (4,189) to the origin story of Fritos chips.

North Pole sign, Hogwild Records, Miriam Cone, around San Antonio
The North Pole sign can be found on the Hogwild Records building, near San Antonio College.
I read the book for my internship to prepare for a San Antonio Uncovered inspired trivia and book giveaway we are doing to celebrate summer in San Antonio. As a part of this, I went around San Antonio taking photos of different places, many of which I’ve never been to before like the Mission San Jose to see the Rose Window and St. Mary’s University, where former president Dwight D. Eisenhower was briefly a football coach.

Even at places I’d visited more times than I can count, like the River Walk, I learned something new. I never knew that the River Walk architect, Robert H. H. Hugman, had been fired without a hearing in 1940, a year before the River Walk was completed. It wasn’t until 1978 when he was recognized for his vision and work. I also never noticed that each of the River Walk stairwells are unique and that this was intentional in Hugman’s original design.

Robert H. H. Hugman’s bust can be found at the  bottom of the west staircase leading down from Commerce Street on the River Walk.
San Antonio has a host of more places to discover, food to eat, and stories to uncover. Anyone visiting or living here really needs to take the time to explore it, and reading San Antonio Uncovered is a good place to start.

The book giveaway will begin on the June 20th and run until August 1st, so follow Trinity University Press on Instagram (@tupress), Twitter (@tupress), and Facebook to participate. Also visit our website to learn more about the press and to sign up for our email list.

About Miriam

Miriam Cone is a rising junior from St. Pete Beach, Florida, and is an English major with a minor in creative writing. She is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, with the Trinity Review, the Cat Alliance, O-Team, is a Trinity Distinguished Representative, and is a marketing intern for Trinity University Press. When she has free time she enjoys swimming, cross stitching, crying over cat videos, and cooking.

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