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December 2003 OSTuesday, Celebration
December 2, 2003 Press Release, San Antonio City Council
Resolution of Support
November 14, 2003 Press Release, Bexar County Commissioner's
Court Proclamation of Support
November 2003 OSTuesday, Descendants
OSTuesday, Brainstorming OST Themes
Neighborhood Association Contacts
December 2003 OSTuesday
This is your OSThursday update on the OSTuesday gathering of the Old
Spanish Trail auto highway Centennial Celebration Association.
Many new folks stopped by Tuesday evening to see the materials
gathered from colleges, libraries, museums and private
collections. Most had heard of OST100 through their
neighborhood associations and came in to offer their help in
revitalizing their section of the OST. Many were from the
32-mile section, from San Antonio to Boerne, used during the
1920s by the original OST Association as a model for development
and beautification. It is gratifying to see that response
since OST100 will also use that section as the model for
revitalization to be shared over the Internet with the other 67
counties of the OST.
News flash, actually GREAT NEWS flash.
We now have a website and webmaster. Siegfried Riedel will
begin posting quite soon on www.OLDSPANISHTRAILCENTENNIAL.com.
Yes, it's a long title. The OST is a long highway and
OST100 is beginning a decade-long project that now has a name
that clearly states what we are all about. Its not a name
easily typed by those in a hurry and will go onto the favorite
sites of serious OST supporters. With the website a
reality, your OSThursday messages can be shorter, just reminding
new things will be posted On each Second
Thursday if you would like to log on to check the
progress. We want the site to reflect the seriousness of the
project so will take our time building and posting each aspect.
It will be well into 2004 before the format will be completed
and new information can appear as the various neighborhoods
within Bexar County begin to be able to share success stories on
revitalization or beautification.
OST100 is still in the early stages of development.
Aspects of what OST100 should be trying to accomplish are still
being discussed. We are moving forward with the wonderful
ideas from the OctOSTues, the most important being the inventory
of what was on the highway in the early days and what is on the
highway now. Neighborhood association members are stepping
forward to inventory their sections.
January OSTuesday will be held Tuesday, January 13, 2004, in
State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer's office, 1910
Fredericksburg Rd. It will be another lively discussion,
this time about an OST film documentary. Videographer, Rene
Lagunas is gathering video of various landmarks on the
"headquarters section" of the trail as well as each
OST100 activity. We again need your ideas. What
would you like to see included in such a documentary?
What should not be included ? ? Who do you know with expertise
in gathering the information that may be included. Etc., etc.,
We will invite media representatives from the local TV stations,
colleges and production companies throughout the area to share
their expertise. Please relay the OST message to anyone you
think may have ideas about how to produce and market a
successful documentary. Or maybe a series of
documentaries: cuisine of the OST, literature of the OST, music
of the OST, military OST, and of course, the Spanish missions
and forts from coast to coast. Your special interest in OST100
will make your opinions valuable so please mark you calendar for
JanOSTues., 7pm, Tues., Jan 13, 2004.
Safe, healthy and happy New Year to all.
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December 2, 2003 Press Release
Antonio City Council will recognize the Old Spanish Trail
Centennial Task Force with a Resolution of Support at 1pm,
Thursday, December 4, 2003, City Council Chambers, 103 Main
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November 14, 2003 Press Release
Commissioner's Court will recognize the Old Spanish Trail
Centennial Task Force with a Proclamation of Support at 9am,
Tuesday, November 18, 2003, Bexar County Courthouse first floor.
As San Antonio took the lead in the creation of the first
southern transcontinental auto highway, San Antonio and Bexar
County are again taking the lead to recognize the 100th
anniversary of the "Old Spanish Trail." The 67
counties of 8 states will follow our lead.
For 10 years from 1919 to 1929 the Gunter Hotel was the
Headquarters for the Old Spanish Trail movement. Prominent
San Antonio businessmen took it upon themselves to see that the
highway was paved from St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego,
California. Governor Pat Neff placed the 0-mile marker
stone of the highway on the San Antonio City Hall grounds in
The Old Spanish Trail Centennial Celebration Task Force purpose
is to locate, revitalize and preserve the roadway, businesses
and historic sites of the original 1920s Old Spanish Trail auto
highway. It passed through Bexar County and San Antonio
down Old Seguin Rd, New Braunfels St. and Houston St. and out to
the west on Flores St. and Fredericksburg Rd. and on to the
north on Scenic Loop and Boerne Stage Roads. Today much of
the original road is covered by Interstates 35 an 10 in San
Antonio, but many original sections exist and are in need of
revitalization before motorcades to celebrate are invited on
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November 2003 OSTuesday
reporting on the November OSTuesday meeting we would like to
start with the December OSTuesday information:
Old Spanish Trail Open House Celebration
7pm - Tuesday, December 9, 2003
State Representative Trey Martinez-Fischer's Office
1910 Fredericksburg Road
(SPECIAL THANKS TO STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARTINEZ-FISCHER FOR
CONTINUING TO SHARE HIS OFFICE SPACE FOR OSTuesday GATHERINGS.)
December OSTuesday is planned as a non-working celebration of
the OST100 accomplishments of 2003.
We will have on display all the maps, documents, newsclippings
and other OST memorabilia collected from colleges, libraries and
It will be a time to share the OST with your family, friends or
colleagues who may not yet understand the extent to which OST
founders struggled during the 1920s to fund, engineer and build
a paved transcontinental highway along the gulf and southern
This will be a thank you party for those of you historians and
educators who helped find OST sources, for you descendants who
have notified others whose parents and grandparents began the
highway, for the neighborhood association members who are
inventorying each section through Bexar County, for the
politicians who have gathered city and county cooperation and
for the other researchers and supporters who have helped this
And of course, holiday snacks and free parking.
Now, November OSTuesday report. The search for descendants of
the original OST founders is going slowly. Descendants we
can find will be invited to take part in the ceremonial events
to honor their ancestors who designed, engineered, funded and
paved the first borderlands transcontinental highway.
Judge Wolff has asked us to bring family members to
Commissioner's Court when the OST Support Proclamation is
presented. We would also like to invite as many as possible for
the City Council Resolution.
County Proclamation: 9am, Tuesday, November 18, 2003, first
floor Commissioner's Court Room, Bexar County Courthouse, 100
City Council Resolution: 1pm, Thursday, December 4, 2003, City
Council Chambers, 103 Main Plaza.
Any assistance in identifying the founder's descendants would be
greatly appreciated. If you need a list of San Antonians
who were original OST founders, please call or e-mail and we
will e-mail or FAX a copy. 735-3503 or
Presentations to homeowner's and business associations along the
OST route are going well. Members are volunteering to inventory
their portions of the highway for revitalization or preservation
of businesses, landscaping and especially for landmarks of the
We are still looking for a volunteer to act as OST100 web
master. The website will be our point of contact for the
67 counties across the 8 states of the OST and will be our
window for others to find information about OST preparations for
Thanks for your continued interest in OST100 activities.
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This is your report On the Second
Thursday about the OctOSTuesday meeting. We
especially want to thank those educators, historians and
descendants of the founders of the OST who shared ideas and
enthusiasm for a Centennial Celebration On the Second
Tuesday of October.
Charlotte Kahl (Jefferson/Woodlawn historian) gave a brief
history of the 1920s OST movement. Judy Jackman (Jefferson
Neighborhood retired teacher) shared an aspect of the on-going
research. Carol Haywood (Beacon Hill Neighborhood and CoSA
Planner) led a lively brainstorming session and Marianna Jones
(Conservation Society and City Commissions member) provided
Some of the thoughts and questions that arose included: location
of the old highway through maps and oral histories. Is there any
original signage left anywhere and what were the original
signage materials. A need for documenting the roadway,
businesses and historic structures past and present with photos
and oral histories emphasizing points of importance (such as
Under revitalizing: What was significant of the original OST and
what is significant now. Inventorying roadway, businesses
and historic sites for preservation, rebuilding, change or
removal was discussed.
Caution needs to be taken with the "purpose" of OST
Centennial Planning. The original OST roadway, due to its age,
is historically significant. Many of its buildings and
later recognition monuments are also over 50 years old.
With that in mind, the "revitalization" should be
handled with great care.
The longevity, historic, military, economic and engineering
significance of the OST were seen to be important in the making
of preservation decisions.
Enhanced public awareness could develop from clearly defining an
OST theme and incorporating it in website, documentaries,
magazine and news articles and mementos (even to T-shirts and
coffee mugs). A new OST Travelog similar to those of the 1920s
was suggested. Emphasis was placed on youth involvement,
student help with research and website and speakers or historic
documents or CDs for schools.
The OSTuesday group saw the OST Centennial Celebration as a way
of uniting peoples by visiting and sharing the diverse cultures
encountered in a leisurely drive across the gulf and border
states. Thanks to those who attended and we encourage
those who couldn't make it to send thoughts as time permits.
There has been a change in the date of when our County
Commissioner's Court Proclamation of Support will be presented.
Please change it on your calendars from October 21 to Tuesday,
November 18, 2003. Same time and place, 9am Commissioner's
Court, first floor Court House, 100 Dolorosa.
The NovOSTues meeting will be a working session to identify as
many of the descendants of the founders and board and
beautification committee members listed in OST documents, 1920s
news and magazine articles as possible.
This winter the OST100 ROADSHOW will visit Neighborhood
Associations along the OST in Bexar County to encourage
locating, revitalizing and preserving their parts of the trail.
Speakers will also be sharing OST100 plans with historic groups.
Thanks for you interest in OST100. Until we get our website up
and running, OST100KAHL@aol.com is the best way for you to share
your ideas with us. As the OST100 movement grows, we
welcome your input.
Neighborhood Association Contacts
The Old Spanish Trail Centennial Celebration Association has
been formed to locate, revitalize and preserve the roadway,
businesses and historic sites of the transcontinental Old
Spanish Trail auto highway from St. Augustine, Florida to San
Diego, California through the old cities of Spanish conquest:
Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso,
Tucson and Yuma.
From 1919 to 1925 the headquarters of the original OST was in
the Gunter Hotel where prominent men of San Antonio promoted and
saw that paving and bridges were built with county, state and
federal funds in all eight gulf and border states.
Mayor Garza and Judge Wolff have resolutions before City Council
and Commissioner's Court binding San Antonio and Bexar County to
support a centennial celebration recognizing the engineering
feats accomplished during the 1920s to make this
transcontinental dream a reality. It is now our turn to
locate and revitalize our sections of the old highway to draw
tourists who prefer options to Interstate 10 when visiting the
missions and historic sites of the Spanish era.
We in San Antonio are fortunate that the original highway was
mapped during the '20s through the city on Old Seguin Rd., New
Braunfels Ave., Houston St., N. Flores and Fredericksburg Rd.
The city of Schertz is now locating the eastern Bexar County end
of the highway and the old maps show the OST leaving
Fredericksburg Rd. to follow Scenic Loop Rd. and Boerne Stage
Rd. into Boerne.
OST100 would like to work with your community to revitalize the
portion of the OST through your neighborhood. We have
prepared a ROADSHOW type presentation to share our progress thus
far and encourage participation of a few dedicated folks in your
area in the efforts to beautify the roadway and revitalize the
buildings and businesses along the trail.
Bexar County was used as the "Headquarters Section" of
the original OST Association as a model for building and
beautifying the highway. OST100 will again be using Bexar
County as a model shared over the Internet with the other 67
counties of the trail. The tools your association uses to
surmount the challenges of revitalization, beautification and
preservation will be shared with the other localities during
this decade of preparations for a grand celebration.
Your name may not be the current contact for your association.
If we have reached you in error we would appreciate a response
with a more accurate listing. Since you have been active
in your association, it would be good if you would share this
information with the new leadership. We would like to
bring our ROADSHOW to the association with display items to set
up for discussion as folks enter the meeting room before or
linger after the meeting. Our actual verbal presentation
would only be about 10 minutes with a possible 5 minute question
and answer period. We are asking associations if we could
be included on an agenda during these last months of 2003.
We are planning a general OST100 meeting for early 2004 where
neighborhood association members will come together and we will
be sharing more in depth information about Tax Increment
Funding, Community Development Corporations and other ways
communities along the OST can strengthen revitalization efforts.
We would appreciate any support you are able to provide toward a
successful Old Spanish Trail Centennial Celebration.
Charlotte Kahl (210)735-3503
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