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July 3rd, 2014
Lila May Banks Cockrell is a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. The Lila Cockrell Theatre, located on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk, is named in her honor.

The 110-by-22-foot mosaic glass mural 'Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas' is visible from The Riverwalk, on the facade of the Lila Cockrell Theater. It was created by Juan O'Gorman as part of the 1968 HemisFair (the World's Fair). More than 1.2 million natural stones and pieces of glass were used to show the past and future development of the Americas. The mural tells the story of the region from the days before the conquest to the present day. It symbolizes the progress made by the confluence of civilizations in the Western Hemisphere. Adam and Eve are in the middle; European civilization is depicted on the right, and indigenous meso-American civilization on the left. The Tower of the Americas (built for the HemisFair in 1968) also symbolizes the confluence of civilizations.

The Lila Cockrell Theater has always been a venue for ballet, concerts and drama, but recent upgrades make the new facility ready for anything, even a Pink Floyd/Michael Jackson Laser Spectacular.

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June 26th, 2014
Mission San Jose is one of the 5 missions that are located in San Antonio, Texas. They were founded by the Spanish Missionaries in the late 18th century. While the Alamo is the most famous of the missions, Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is known as the "Queen of the Missions" and is the most impressive.
As you walk in through the outer walls into the very large courtyard of the Mission, it is easy to imagine stepping back into history. The wide open spaces give a clear idea of what it would be like when these missions were first established in Texas. Mission San Jose has maintained it's openness and history well. The Blackland Prairie natural region predominates here. It can be described as oak savannah, where patches of oak woodland are interspersed with grassland. Typical vegetation is pecan, post oak, live oak, Texas persimmon, sugarberry (hackberry), and buttonbrush.
There are benches all around the courtyard under the mesquite trees and the large Pecan and Oak trees. They provide plenty of shade on the hottest San Antonio summer day.

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June 21st, 2014
The Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio, TX are a chain of five colonial era compounds located in a southern line from the center of downtown San Antonio to the southern edge of the city. Four of the five original missions still function as active Catholic parish Churches.

When you step inside the thick stone walls of the grassy compound at San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, it's easy to understand how seminomadic tribes were thankful for the safety they found here. They joined Franciscan friars to help build the missions because Apache and other enemies were threatening them. Misión San Jose was established in 1720. Made from limestone, the church, which is still standing, was constructed in 1768. The missions evoked a powerful presence to American Indians.

The old mission church is still an important part of daily life for parishioners. This is their neighborhood. They can see the top of the church and hear the bells from their house.

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June 17th, 2014
About 1720 Spain established a number of missions near what is now San Antonio, Texas. The Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo was the largest of the four missions and most successful. It is also known as the "Queen of the Missions".

The church at San José with an elaborate Baroque façade and an intricately carved Rose window is the Mission's centerpiece. Its interior's focal point, a nearly floor-to-ceiling retablo by famed Mexican Catholic artist Agustin Parra, borrows elements from the mission’s carved façade and colors. Made from red cedar it's painted primarily in grayish blue, a color unique to this mission that matches the original hues found above the choir loft. The center of the retablo holds the tabernacle and a crucifix with red blood, flowing locks of hair and tan skin. The retablo's chambers accommodate statues of the Virgin Mary, St. Michael, St. Francis and the original St. Joseph belonging to Father Antonio Margil de Jesús - founder of Mission San José - but kept in storage for decades. Some of the retablo’s decorative elements are painted in 24-karat gold leaf.

The Mission San José church has an enduring impact on San Antonio. It is an icon, cherished by the area's largest religious group and critical to San Antonio tourism.

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June 2nd, 2014
Known as the "Queen of the Missions", the Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo is the largest of the 5 missions in San Antonio, TX.

Spanish missions were not churches, but communities, with the church the focus. Mission San José shows the visitor how all the missions might have looked over 250 years ago. Founded in 1720, the mission was built on the banks of the San Antonio river several miles to the south of the earlier mission, San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo). The mission was to acquaint the Indians with Christian teaching, European values, and vocational skills and to convert them to useful citizens of the empire. Many were glad to have the protection of the mission compounds. European-borne diseases, however, took a heavy toll on the native mission occupants.

In the closing years of the 18th-century, Spain’s military and economic interests in northern frontier waned, and support for the missions was withdrawn. In San Antonio, all five missions were secularized by the turn of the century. With the departure of the last Franciscan, Father José Antonio Díaz de Léon, in 1824, San José Mission was formally closed after more than a century of service. Beginning about 1813, troops were stationed intermittently at the mission. They caused considerable damage.

Much of what is visible today at Mission San José was reconstructed in the 1930s. The mission grounds were declared a national and state historical site in 1941 and operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from 1941 to 1983. On November 10, 1978, San José Mission became part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

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May 23rd, 2014
Some call The Torch of Friendship, a monumental abstract sculpture, an eyesore, a big orange twirly twirl "Thing Near McDonalds" in the heart of the classic architecture of downtown San Antonio, Texas. Others say La Antorcha de la Amistad (Spanish for "The Torch of Friendship") adds a cool juxtaposition of old and contemporary to San Antonio, and San Antonio needs more modern sculptures downtown.

Either way, the Torch of Freedom is an interesting public contemporary sculpture. The artist of the sculpture is world-renowned Mexican sculptor, Sebastian. It was presented as a gift from the Mexican government to the City of San Antonio in 2002 as a sign of friendship and to represent the roots many Texans share with Mexico. The sculpture stands at nearly 65 ft (20 m), and weighs more than 45 tons (40,800 kg). The medium is enameled iron. It is located in the middle of a traffic rotary, an area known by international tourists for the Paseo del Rio, or River Walk, and the Alamo. The artist himself describes the concepts of the sculpture a torch rising from the ground, and as a symbolization of two different actors - the United States of America and Mexico - running together.

If you like the art, pull up a chair across the street at a popular restaurant. With bright awnings, and waterfront outside seating it's a nice place to enjoy the view.


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May 16th, 2014
The Rio Grande (in Mexico Rio Bravo del Norte or Rio Bravo), the fifth longest river of North America, and the 20th longest in the world, forms the border between the U.S. state of Texas and Mexico.

Rising as a clear, snow-fed mountain stream more than 12,000 feet (3,700 metres) above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, the Rio Grande descends across steppes and deserts, watering rich agricultural regions as it flows on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. The total length of the river is about 1,900 miles (3,060 kilometres). Since the mid-20th century, heavy water consumption of farms and cities along the river has left only 20% of its natural discharge to flow to the Gulf. The river is over-appropriated, that is, there are more users for the water than there is water in the river. Since the summer of 2003, much of the river from Albuquerque to the Big Bend National Park has been dry. Ecologists fear that unless rainfall returns to normal levels during the next few years and strict water conservation measures are adopted by communities along the river, the Rio Grande may soon become extinct.

This wild and scenic river dwindles to nearly nothing at Presidio, and only water from the Rio Conchos, coming out of Mexico, sustains its journey to the Gulf.

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