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map of Bexar County
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Physical Features: On edge of Balcones Escarpment, Coastal Plain; heavy black to thin limestone soils; spring-fed streams; underground water; mesquite, other brush; Braunig Lake, Calaveras Lake.

Economy: Medical/biomedical  research and services; government center with large federal payroll, military bases; tourism; education center.

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History: Coahuiltecan Indian area; also Lipan Apache and Tonkawa tribes present. Mission San Antonio de Valero (Alamo) founded in 1718. Canary Islanders arrived in 1731. Anglo-American settlers began arriving in the late 1820s. County created and organized in 1836 from Spanish municipality named to honor the duke of Bexar; a colonial capital of Texas.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 27.1; Black, 8.6; Hispanic, 60.7; Asian, 3.3; Other, 1.4; Two or more races, 2.4.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 28,172; deaths, 12,982; marriages, 13,456; divorces, 3,067.

Recreation: Historic sites include the Alamo, other missions in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Casa Navarro, La Villita; River Walk, El Mercado (market), Tower of the Americas, Brackenridge Park, zoo, SeaWorld, HemisFair Park, Institute of Texan Cultures; museums, symphony orchestra; hunting, fishing; Government Canyon State Natural Area; NBA Spurs; Fiesta in April, Folklife Festival in June.

Minerals: Gravel, sand, limestone.

Agriculture: Nursery crops, beef cattle, grain sorghum, hay, corn. Market value $67.9 million.

Education: Fourteen colleges including Our Lady of the Lake, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M University–San Antonio, Trinity University, the University of Texas at San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO (1,544,672) county seat; Texas’ second largest city; healthcare/biosciences, government/services, manufacturing, tourism, information technology, aerospace, education, energy; Alamodome. Leon Springs is now part of San Antonio.

Other towns include: Alamo Heights (8,318); Balcones Heights (3,401); Castle Hills (4,508); China Grove (1,337); Converse (29,960); Elmendorf (2,116); Fair Oaks Ranch (9,182); Grey Forest (554); Helotes (10,124) government/services, retail trade, Cornyval Festival in May, Highland games in April, John T. Floore Country Store, Gugger Homestead; Hill Country Village (1,100); Hollywood Park (3,333).

Also, Kirby (8,601); Leon Valley (11,471); Live Oak (16,084); Macdona (590); Olmos Park (2,437); St. Hedwig (2,519); Sandy Oaks (4,601);  Selma (13,985, parts in Guadalupe and Comal counties); Shavano Park (4,030); Somerset (1,909); Terrell Hills (5,307); Universal City (21,822); Von Ormy (1,335); Windcrest (5,874).

Part [1,157] of Schertz (42,725). 

Lackland Air Force Base (10,103); Randolph Air Force Base (1,387).

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River Walk in San Antonio
A section of the River Walk in San Antonio. Photo by Robert Plocheck.