Trinity University Press

American Venice

The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

In American Venice, Lewis Fisher uncovers the evolution of San Antonio’s beloved River Walk. He shares how San Antonians refused to give up on the vital water source that provided for them from before the city’s beginnings. In 1941 neglect, civic uprisings, and bursts of creativity culminated in the completion of a Works Project Administration undertaking designed by Robert H. H. Hugman. The resulting River Walk languished for years but enjoyed renewed interest during the 1968 World’s Fair, held in San Antonio, and has since become the center of the city’s cultural and historical narrative.

Fisher shares stories about the River Walk’s evolution including information about the Museum and Mission Reaches, two expansions of the River Walk that are vital to San Antonio’s continued growth as the eighth largest city in the country.


  • Winner of Conservation Society Publication Award


“Lewis Fisher has made a lifestyle and a living writing about San Antonio history, and in particular, its river.”

Texas Public Radio

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  • Price: $42.95 buy »
  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 10 x 10
  • Published: Jan 2014
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342645
  • Illustrations: 420
  • Color photos: 98
  • B&W photos: 252
  • Maps: 6
  • Price: $42.95 buy »
  • Published: Dec 2014
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595342652


Texas, History, Regional