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This page last updated February 14, 2024

Map of Wurzbach roads

San Antonio is known for having an unusual number of street naming idiosyncrasies that confound locals and visitors alike. One of those is that there are three distinct roadways with "Wurzbach" in their name: Wurzbach Road, Wurzbach Parkway, and Harry Wurzbach Road. Here is an explanation of each:



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Etymology
All three roads are named for members of the same family. Many roads in San Antonio were named for prominent landowners in the area of the road back in the day. In this case, Wurzbach Road (and, by extension, Wurzbach Parkway) was named for William Wurzbach, who owned a ranch around what is now I‑10 and Wurzbach Road. He built a road through his property and eventually deeded the road to the county, which named it after him.

William's brother, Harry McLeary Wurzbach, was a lawyer and served as one of the area's congressmen from 1921 until his death in 1931. He also served in the Texas Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish American War. While in Congress, he advocated for veterans. For this reason, officials decided to honor him by naming the new highway built around 1943 to connect Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis after him. It is said that his family protested the naming because they thought (presciently, as it would turn out) that having two roads named "Wurzbach" could be confusing.

As if one set of similarly named roads wasn't enough, another example of this local phenomenon are the three roads named Military.