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[i] Information SAN ANTONIO FREEWAY HISTORY
Read my essay on San Antonio's freeway history for the Express-News' Tricentennial series here. The full history of the freeway system is available on this site here.

San Antonio Area Roads & More
Historical Photos (Other non-freeway locations)

This page last updated September 14, 2011

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Below are historical photos of non-freeway streets and roads in and around San Antonio not covered in other galleries. These photos are from the TxDOT photo archive and various planning documents.  Locations are given using the present-day roadway names. 

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Hildebrand Ave. just east of Broadway looking west along Hildebrand
Incarnate Word University is at the right.  Note the traffic light on the near right corner.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

Hildebrand Ave. at Brackenridge Dr. (between US 281 & Broadway) looking east
This was before Hildebrand was widened to four lanes in this area.
(ca. 1970/SABCUTS)

 

Hildebrand Ave. just west of Devine Rd. looking east
Hildebrand used to make a dogleg at this location.  This section of road still exists although it is now bypassed.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

E. Commerce St. at the railroad tracks looking west
St. Paul Square sits just beyond the tracks.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

Commerce St. at Alamo St. looking west
The storefront for Joske's (subsequently Dillard's and Macy's) is at the right.  The present-day Torch of Friendship statue in the middle of Convention Plaza sits where the white building at the left is.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

Commerce St. at Lasoya St./San Antonio River looking west
This is one block further west than the preceding photo.  Schilo's Delicatessen is at the left.  Notice that Commerce St. was two-way.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

W. Commerce probably at S. Pecos-La Trinidad. looking east
The main hall at El Mercado can be seen about two blocks ahead on the right.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

W. Commerce St. at the railroad tracks, presumably looking west
This is the location of the overpasses on Commerce St. near the present-day Bexar County Jail.  None of the buildings in this photo exist today.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

Romana Plaza (San Pedro Ave. at Main Ave.) looking southeast
The Sears building at the left is the site of the present-day Central Library.
(ca. 1940/TxDOT)

 

Blanco Rd. between San Antonio and Camp Bullis, probably looking north
Blanco Rd. was the primary route between Ft. Sam Houston and Camp Bullis until NW Military Hwy. was built sometime in the 1940s.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

Blanco Rd. between San Antonio and Camp Bullis, probably looking north
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

San Pedro Ave. at Olmos Creek looking north
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

US 281, location unknown
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

Location unknown
The caption accompanying this photo is "Highway 3 Bexar County", but I cannot correlate it to any specific location.  However, my best guess would be somewhere along the old alignment of Hwy. 90 on the far Westside.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

Location unknown
As with the preceding photo, the caption accompanying this photo is just "Highway 3 Bexar County".  However, the sign at the bottom left indicates it's 6 miles to San Antonio, so this is likely either Old Hwy. 90 or Castroville Rd. near Acme Rd. or maybe I-10 East near WW White Rd.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

FM 78 at FM 1518 (Cibolo Creek), Schertz
This is the former railroad truss bridge that existed at this site until FM 78 was widened ca. 2000.  This view is looking east.  The roadway in the foreground is today's Aviation Blvd.
(ca. 1921/TxDOT)

 

Location unknown
This is possibly along FM 78 in Schertz, but I don't know the exact location.
(ca. 1921/TxDOT)

 

Location unknown
This is possibly Gibbs Sprawl Rd. southwest of Walzem Rd.
(ca. 1921/TxDOT)

 

Seguin Ave. just west of Business 35 in New Braunfels
This is before the underpass was built (see next photo.)  This photo is looking east.
(ca. 1930/TxDOT)

 

Seguin Ave. just west of Business 35 in New Braunfels
After construction of the underpass.  This photo is looking west.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

Business 35 bridge over the Guadalupe River
At the time, this was US 81.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

Business 35 bridge over the Guadalupe River
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)

 

Former Texas Highway Department San Antonio District Office, 2300 S. Roosevelt Ave.
(ca. 1935/TxDOT)






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