Travis Park

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Travis Park
Travis Park sign, San Antonio, TX IMG 7754.JPG
Travis Park in 2015
Travis Park is located in Texas
Travis Park
Travis Park
TypePublic City Park
Location301 E. Travis
San Antonio, Texas
Coordinates29°25′41″N 98°29′21″W / 29.42806°N 98.48917°W / 29.42806; -98.48917Coordinates: 29°25′41″N 98°29′21″W / 29.42806°N 98.48917°W / 29.42806; -98.48917
Area2.6 acres (0.011 km2)
Created1870
Operated byCity of San Antonio Parks and Recreation
OpenSunday-Saturday: 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Travis Park is located in San Antonio in Bexar County in the U.S. state of Texas. Once a part of the original Alamo Mission in San Antonio, the park is located across the street from the restored Saint Anthony Hotel.[1]

History[edit]

Francisco Garcia purchased the land in 1819. In 1851, the land was acquired by Samuel Augustus Maverick, came to Texas in 1835 from South Carolina. He was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and became a leading citizen in San Antonio. In 1861, he favored secession from the Union. He was mayor of San Antonio during the Civil War; his four sons fought in the Confederate Army.

Upon his death in 1870, Maverick deeded the property to the city of San Antonio, which originally named it Travis Plaza, in honor of Alamo commandant William Barret Travis. In 1953, Maverick's granddaughter Rena Maverick Green spearheaded the San Antonio Conservation Society's successful campaign to block the construction of an underground parking lot at the park.[2]

After the Civil War, commissioned the design and construction of a Confederate statue in memory of the common soldiers, now veterans, of the Civil War in what became Travis Park.[3] Designed by Louisiana artist Elizabeth Montgomery and constructed by Llano stone carver Frank Teich, it was the first monument designed by a woman in the United States and the first monument of its kind ever placed in San Antonio. The UDC financed this project with bake sales, teas, and quilting bees and was supported by the citizenry of San Antonio. Perpetual use of land for the statue in Travis Park was given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy by unanimous vote of the City Council and the City of San Antonio in 1899. This aesthetically elegant memorial for the common soldier stood in downtown San Antonio, TX for over 100 years and was removed under cover of darkness without due process. It was taken by order of the San Antonio, TX city council on August 31, 2017.  [4]

Many improvements have been made to the park over the years, through the generous donations of time and money from public entities and private individuals. The site currently hosts an annual outdoor jazz festival.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick (November 1985). "Eat and Run". Texas Monthly: 208.
  2. ^ Fisher, Lewis F. (1996). Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage. Texas Tech University Press. pp. 261–282. ISBN 978-0-8967-2372-6.
  3. ^ John McCammon, "These veterans helped city heal, grow," San Antonio Express-News, August 13, 2017, p. F1.
  4. ^ ""Flowers replace statue in Travis Park as battle over Confederate monument continues"". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Travis Park". San Antonio Parks and Recreation. Retrieved September 13, 2012.