This audio tour is a must for visitors to San Antonio. The place the CD in your CD player, pull out the 19 inch x 19 inch poster map, and your ready to start your own self paced walking tour of historic San Antonio. This informative and entertaining tour will gudie you around the Alamo Battlefield showing you actual sites of events of the battle. Then off to the historic sites of San Antonio of old Spain and the Wild West. This is the same tour featured on San Antonio tourist maps available to visitors on their cell phone. If you forget to bring your CD just call 703-286-6523 and enter code 65 for the 65 minute deluxe city tour for $12.99.
Meet your Tour Guide the ghost of Wild Bill Keilman the most famous tour guide in San Antonio. Wild Bill was a San Antonio Policeman turn saloon owner. In 1911 and 1912 he produced the San Antonio Blue Book. The Blue Book was a guide to San Antonio''s Red Light District. Bill instructed the patron looking for a guide to meet him at the Beauty Saloon. Bill didn''t mention he was the owner. One day while working in his saloon he was shot in the head by a patron Yancy Yeager. Amazingly Bill survived and with a steel plate in his head and continued to promote his businesses. He did so well with the Blue Book and his saloon he later built the Horn Palace a major tourist attraction saloon that held the world''s biggest collection of horns and antlers. Bill became so wealthy that he moved into a huge mansion beside the Steve''s Homestead in the King William District of San Antonio. His land holdings where large and much of present day Brooks AFB was his property, and the Horn Palce was the favorite of the local Balloonist Corps. Poor Bill was murdered in 1925. He got into a fight with someone who knocked that steel plate into his brain with a shotgun. His son sold his horn collection to his competitor the Buckhorn Saloon where they can still be seen today.
The Tour Starts in front of the Visitor''s Information Center in Alamo Plaza at the bronze diagram of the Alamo in 1836. This track informs you of the basics of Texas History and prelude to the Texas War of Independence.
Sites 1 through 7 takes you around the perimeter of the orginal Alamo compound telling you stories of local Alamo defenders as well as the better known heros. The tour shows you the sites of the first cannon shot, death sites of Bowie, Travis and Crockett. Learn other interesting facts of Texas history like the origin of the word Texas and the story of the Yellow Rose, and Mauverick.
Site 8 The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum. A most see. Here you will find an original 1880 Saloon complete with cowboy reenactors. Plus 5 museums in one. Inside the museum you can see the set of Horns held by Wild Bill your tour guide. After Bill was murdered his son sold his horn collection to his competitor The Buckhorn. Will enjoying the ambiance of this old time Saloon Bill tells you the story of the most famous gunfight in San https://www.tradebit.com most famous gunfight in San Antonio is actually two gunfights. First Ben Thompson quite possibly the fastest gun in the west kills Jack Harris owner of the Vaudeville Theater /Saloon of his name. Ben Thompson gets acquited despite the anger of San Antonian''s who loved their local political boss and hero. A year later Ben returns with another out turned lawman, and both are gunned down in the Jack Harris Saloon in a controrversial gunfight vs ambush.
Main Plaza 1880''s
Next on the Tour is Site 9. Main Plaza or Plaza de Isla''s. Here here the Matilda Lockhart a 12 year old disfigured female prisoner of the Indians and the following Council House Fight where 32 Indians are killed along with the local Sheriff and Judge. Here also is the San Fernando Church where Bowie was married and Santa Anna ran up the Red Flag of No Quarter.
Military Plaza 1870s
Site 10 Military Plaza. Learn about the Chili Queens and the Lynching of Bob Augustine. Here at what should be called the Fatal Plaza because of all the hangings and executions committed on this probably the oldest Plaza in the U.S..
Site 11 Spanish Governor''s Palace. Here was the seat of Governent in Spanish Texas. Restored and filled with history.
Site 12 The O''Henry House and the Red Light District. Here is the original house once occupied by the famous writer O''Henry. Here is also where the Red Light District began. Made famous in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid this was where Butch rode a bicycle with his girlfriend local madam Fannie Porter. It''s also where Roosevelt''s Rough Riders got their name, and where your tour guide made his fortune.
Site 12 Casa Navarro State Park. Here is he home of one of San Antonio''s favorite son''s and statesmen Jose Navarro. Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and promoter of Hispanic rights.
Site 13 is back in Main Plaza at the Statue of Saint Anthny the city''s patron Saint. Here learn about Robert E. Lee''s time in San Antonio where he was chased out of town for not supporting secession. Also learn about the Canary Isanders, Camel Corps and the capture of Geronimo.
Site 15 The Cos House. Here in La Villita is the Cos House whee General Cos surrendered San Antonio to the Texans prior to the Alamo battle. Here learn of Santa Anna''s fake wedding.
Site 16 The Menger Hotel. The most historic Hotel in Texas if not the U.S.. Learn about all the famous people who stayed here. Also learn about some that stuck around like the Ghost of Sallie White. That''s right a ghost telling a ghost story who better.
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