Street Names of San Antonio

A while back I discovered an amazing book called Place Names of San Antonio by David P. Green.  Anyone who has ever driven through San Antonio can appreciate the mind-boggling complexity of the City’s layout.  The City planners seemed to have had either a twisted sense of humor or a complete disregard for logic.  This is the City where a street will run for a few blocks, and then, for no apparent reason whatsoever, all of a sudden change names–only to reappear a few blocks later under the original name.  There are streets that have been completely closed off by buildings, so that now they are essentially large, well-paved smoker’s areas.  There are Polish towns with German names and streets named after snake attacks and high schools named after non-existent towns and even a little town nearby named after a pipe lost in a creek during an Indian attack.  It’s a tangled history, but Green’s book goes a long way towards mapping it.  This book gives such a detailed history of San Antonio, and from such a unique perspective, that it has become one of my most frequently consulted reference guides.  Highly recommended.

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  1. Nancy

     /  December 20, 2010

    Who was Brimhall Loop in San Antonio,Texas named for? Was it Onis Brimhall who once worked for the highway department here?

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    • joemckinney

       /  December 24, 2010

      Good question, Nancy. I went through Green’s book and couldn’t find a reference to it. Looks like we’ll have to wait for the next edition to get an answer. In the meantime, if you find out, let me know!

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  2. Nanj

     /  May 11, 2012

    what about Quintana Road???? It bridges the gap literally. This was key when Kelly AFB was open.

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    • joemckinney

       /  May 11, 2012

      Here’s another one like Nancy’s question. Quintana Road is not in Green’s book. Sounds like it’s time for the author to come out with a new edition.

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  3. Margaret Moran

     /  October 19, 2013

    I would also like to know who Quintana Road was named after. Was it Rafael Quintana who moved from San Antonio and became the first jp in Von Ormy – in spite of Jim Crowe Laws?

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    • joemckinney

       /  October 19, 2013

      Good question! I’d like to know myself. My day job takes me by Quintana Rd almost daily.

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  4. Margaret Moran

     /  October 19, 2013

    sorry—- he was the first Hispanic to be elected JP

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    • Kathy

       /  May 6, 2014

      Bexar County Clerk deed records show that Rafael Quintana once owned over 600 acres in that area, I believe. (small cursive writing makes it difficult to decipher) …I challenge Mr. Green to research…may be worth adding to next edition.

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