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San Antonio Area Roads History
Historical Loop 410/San Pedro Photos

This page last updated September 9, 2018

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Below are historical photos of the Loop 410/San Pedro interchange. These photos were compiled from a number of sources including old San Antonio-Bexar County Urban Transportation Study (SABCUTS) planning documents, the TxDOT photo library, the San Antonio TxDOT district office, and the personal collections of the myself and of a former local TxDOT engineer.

This page covers just the Loop 410/San Pedro interchange. For the rest of Loop 410 adjacent to this location, see the Historical Loop 410 Photos (Part 1) page.

Click on each photo for an enlarged view.

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History

The section of Loop 410 between Harry Wurzbach Rd. and NW Military Hwy. was built around 1945 as part of the Harry Wurzbach Military Highway that ran from Fort Sam Houston to Camp Bullis. (More information about the local history of military roads is here.) At San Pedro, which was US 281 at that time, an overpass was included as was four connector ramps between the two roads.

In the early 1950s, Loop 13, which was built on the South Side to connect San Antonio's military bases, was extended north from FM 78 to US 81 (which then ran along Randolph Blvd. and Austin Hwy.) and shortly thereafter was extended west to meet the existing Harry Wurzbach Military Highway. The section between NW Military and McCullough was then upgraded to an expressway and the interchange at San Pedro was upgraded to a full cloverleaf; this was all completed by 1958.

Interstate 410 was designated in 1959 and the recently-built sections of Loop 13 on the Northwest Side were renumbered accordingly. However, the section on the North Side between I-10 and I-35-- including the section here at San Pedro-- was actually not included in the original Interstate 410 designation and therefore was designated and signed as State Loop 410 until it was finally officially designated Interstate 410 in July 1969. It's unclear why this designation was delayed

North Star Mall opened in 1961 followed by Central Park Mall in 1968. By the late '60s, this intersection had become surrounded by suburban development.

Minor modifications were made to the cloverleaf in the late '90s to address conflicts at the San Pedro/Isom intersection.

The cloverleaf was removed and the intersection was reconfigured to its current form in 2008 as part of the larger project to widen Loop 410 across the North Side.


Loop 410 at San Pedro (ca. 1958)
(TxDOT/International Aerial Mapping Company)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking southwest (ca.1958)
In the distance, you can see Loop 410 was just access roads between NW Military and I-10 as well as in the foreground from McCullough east; only the stretch between McCullough and NW Military was a freeway at this time. Work had not yet started on North Star Mall, but in the foreground, the first houses in Crownhill Park are under construction. At the left-center, the San Pedro Drive-In is visible.
(TxDOT)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking northwest (ca. 1958)
(SABCUTS)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking north (ca. 1958)
The exit signs at the right read "Loop 13"
(TxDOT/Les Guthrie)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking northeast (ca. 1958)
(TxDOT/Les Guthrie)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking northwest (ca. 1958)
Note the "Yield right of way" sign.
(TxDOT/Les Guthrie)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking northeast (ca. 1959)
Construction on North Star Mall was well underway by this time. Across Loop 13, a new Ramada Inn was also under construction.
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking northeast (1960)
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking west (1960)
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking west (1960)
This is the same view as the previous photo but with all of North Star Mall in view.
(TxDOT)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking southeast (ca. 1960)
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking east-northeast (1961)
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking northwest (1961)
(TxDOT)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking northeast (ca. 1980)
(TxDOT/Credit Weissgarber)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking northwest (1987)
(TxDOT)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking south (1993)
The Remada Inn had been torn-down by this time.
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking east (2001)
The iconic Central Park Mall sign is visible at the lower right.
(TxDOT)


San Pedro at Loop 410 looking southeast (2001)
(TxDOT)


Loop 410 at San Pedro looking west (2001)
(TxDOT)



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