15 Things You Didn’t Know About San Antonio | Principle Auto Group

October 17th, 2017 by

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You might have lived here in San Antonio since you were born, but there’s always something new to learn. In fact, our team at Principle Auto Group recently took some time to dig up interesting information about our city. With such a rich culture, there’s no surprise at the number of fun facts we found.

Here’s 15 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about San Antonio:

  1. San Antonio had the first air-conditioned office building in the country. It was followed by the first bank, hotel and Catholic Church with air conditioning.
  2. Charles Lindbergh, who made the world’s first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, was trained in San Antonio.
  3. Because of the number of romance books, movies and other products purchased here, Amazon named San Antonio the “Most Romantic City in the U.S.”
  4. However, in San Antonio, it’s illegal to flirt using your eyes and/or hands.
  5. Mark Twain once said, “There are only four unique cities in the United States. New Orleans, San Antonio, Boston, and San Francisco.”
  6. Shaquille O’Neal began his basketball career playing at Cole High School.
  7. Teddy Roosevelt recruited for his Rough Riders at San Antonio’s own Menger Hotel.
  8. San Antonio’s Tower of the Americas is taller than Seattle’s famed Space Needle. Reaching 750 feet, it provides a perfect panoramic view of the city.
  9. Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the 1910 Mexican Revolution at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum.
  10. The second oldest park in the United States is found nowhere other than San Antonio. San Pedro Springs Park was founded in the 18th century.
  11. The Bibliotech in Bexar County is the first library in the country to house a completely digital collection.
  12. The Charline McCombs Empire Theater has been open since 1879, when only silent pictures were shown.
  13. “Miss Congeniality” movie scenes at the Alamo and River Walk were actually filmed on location.
  14. The bell hanging at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is composed of iron scrap collected from cannons used in the Battle of the Alamo.
  15. The only parade in the United States larger than Fiesta San Antonio is Mardi Gras.

Did you learn something new about San Antonio? We’d love for you to share this with all your fellow San Antonians!

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