10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About San Antonio

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As most Texans know, San Antonio hosts a number of things to do. The Alamo, a fabulous zoo, the River Walk, and let’s not forget Spurs games! But, there’s even so much more…just see for yourself.

1. The Infamous Taco War

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Photo: Flickr/m01229

San Antonio and Austin have an ongoing battle over who deserves bragging rights to the best tacos. Who would you vote for?

2. The Alamo is not quite…original

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As it turns out, the façade we see and associate with the iconic Alamo is not the original façade. It was replaced during a renovation.

3. Ozzie Osbourn had a run-in with the Alamo

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Speaking of the Alamo, Ozzie Osbourne was once banned from the city after he urinated on the building!

4. The Fairmount Hotel

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Photo: Flickr/Abe Novy

The beautiful Fairmount Hotel was moved five blocks in 1985 to its current location on San Antonio Street.

5. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

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Photo: Flickr/Roy Montgomery

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has been using the SAME dirt since 1988 for the floor of the event.

6. Most Romantic City in the U.S.

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Photo: Flickr/rabiem22

Based on the sales of romance books and videos, Amazon ranked San Antonio the most romantic city in the United States!

7. One of the Most Affordable Big Cities in the U.S.

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Photo: Flickr/4019(K) 2012

San Antonio has been ranked the 6th most affordable city in the U.S., according to a list published by Yahoo! Finance.

Among cities with a population of more than 250,000, the website measured cost of living, city population, median household income, median home value, unemployment rate and average commute to work to determine the top 10 affordable U.S. cities.

8. Mark Twain’s Thoughts on San Antonio

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Mark Twain was once quoted as saying, “There are only four unique cities in the United States: New Orleans, San Antonio, Boston, and San Francisco.”

9. The Menger Hotel is Haunted

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The Menger Hotel was the location most used by Teddy Roosevelt to recruit his Rough Riders. Rumor has it he haunts the hotel! (See Best Hill Country Locations to Spend the Night with a Ghost).

10. Bexar County Bibliotech

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The first completely digital library collection is housed at the Bexar County Bibliotech. Not a single physical book!

What most interested you about this list? Where will you visit on your next trip?