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Comanche Lookout Park History: The Past of a San Antonio Landmark

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Though it looks ancient, the tower in Comanche Lookout Park history did not come during the Spanish rule of Texas or even during the Republic of Texas days in the 1800s. Colonel Coppock and his sons constructed the tower, which would be a portion of a hand-built castle on the hill. The tower essentially would act as a hay and grain barn. Unfortunately, in 1948, Coppock and his construction partner Tarquino Cavazos both passed away, leading to the castle’s abandonment and the land’s sale.

A City Park

Comanche Lookout Park offers long-range views. Here you can see downtown San Antonio in the distance.

Photo: Facebook/Juan Morales

Of course, the Comanche Lookout Park history ends with the land becoming a city park, but how did it pass from the Coppock family in the 1960s to the city of San Antonio? Private owners passed the land, once more, from one to another, but by 1990, the Texas economy collapsed, and the federal government took charge of the hill. Just four years later, the city paid for the site with $1.4 million from a bond. Initially, the goal was to protect the tower and surrounding green space while providing park users with parking spaces, water fountains, and trails. The next major renovation of the park came in 2005 with the construction of the environmentally friendly Semmes Branch Library. With its peaceful preservation of nature, modern park visitors can look out for books instead of invaders.

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