Trinity University Press

River Walk

The Epic Story of San Antonio's River

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

First written history of San Antonio's famed river attraction

River Walk untangles the story of the evolution of San Antonio's river into a travel destination for 5 million visitors each year. Of the 230 illustrations, many in color, dozens are historical images never before published. They help document how the river was revived from the sluggish trickle of a century ago to a world-renowned model for river development. Included is the most complete account—dramatically illustrated—of the Flood of 1921, San Antonio's greatest cataclysm, which led to flood control measures that made the River Walk possible. 


  • Winner of 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award, Best Regional Book
  • San Antonio Conservation Society Award 2009


“Lewis Fisher gets it right . . . a solidly researched text eloquently presented with detailed footnotes and illustrated with historic photographs and architectural drawings.”

Texas Architect

“In this new, beautifully organized and illustrated book, Fisher has produced a comprehensive account of every aspect of the San Antonio River's natural origins and social history. Fascinating for its unique historic photos, architectural drawings, and paintings, with extensive footnotes for the truly dedicated reader, River Walk is an eloquently told tale of how the river has become both a commercial success and a source of inspiration for all who stroll its banks. . . . Perhaps this book's most valuable contribution to our understanding of the River Walk's dynamics is Fisher's treatment of its development from the 1960s to the present, which is less well known than the stories of its early days.”

San Antonio Express-News

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  • Price: $24.95 buy »
  • Pages: 184
  • Size: 11 X 8.5
  • Published: Oct 2006
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595346933
  • Price: $36.95 buy »
  • Pages: 184
  • Size: 12 X 9
  • Published: Oct 2006
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595346926


Texas, Regional, History, Photography