300th Anniversary Celebration

The Presidio de Béjar was founded 300 years ago on San Pedro Creek and named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the Duke of Béjar. At the time, the Spanish claimed territory that extended to the Mississippi River on the east, the Pacific Coast on the west, and to what is now the Canadian border on the north.

The modern County of Bexar was established in 1836, taking its name from the original name of the Spanish territory, Presidio and civilian settlement of soldiers’ families. By 1836, under the Republic of Texas, Bexar County’s boundary extended to what is now Wyoming and included land that ultimately became parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

To commemorate the 300th Anniversary, Bexar County Commissioners Court is presenting several events and programs. The County’s festivities will kick off with a not to be missed, once in a lifetime Fireworks display along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River on Friday, May 4, 2018.  There will be three viewing locations where family activities will take place before the fireworks.

On Saturday, May 5th, please join us for the Grand Opening of Segment 1 of the San Pedro Creek flood control and cultural park project.

San Pedro Creek Improvements Project

Construction on the first phase of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project is underway in anticipation of the Grand Opening of the new San Pedro Creek Culture Park on May 5, 2018, in conjunction with the 300th Anniversary celebration of the founding of our community. This first segment will include approximately 3,900 linear feet of paseo pathway for residents and guests to our City to be able to experience a world-class linear park located in the heart of Downtown San Antonio.

Visitors to the Park will be able to view permanent and temporary art work created by local and world- renowned artists and learn about the historical significance of the Creek to the early explorers and settlers to the area. There will also be many interpretive elements and artistic treatments throughout the Creek that will celebrate the founding of Presidio San Antonio de Bejar in 1718. Highlighted in this first section of the Creek are four large scale murals, expressive word art, and colorful tile patterning that was developed to provide historical context to the 300th Anniversary Celebration and to commemorate the peoples, cultures, and history of Bexar County.

In addition to the artistic and architectural design enhancements that will be installed along the Creek, the Project provides important flood control benefits, enhanced water quality, and will include thousands of aquatic plantings, ornamental and shade trees, and landscaping native to the Creek.

View looking south from Travis Street

Photograph of the construction taking place of the San Pedro Creek Cultural Park

Artist's rendering

Rendering of the completed San Pedro Creek Cultural Park

300 Years of Bexar County History: A Digital Archive

Many of the Bexar County suburban cities have unique stories to share about their history and founding. To help tell these stories, a partnership has been developed between each city and the Bexar County BiblioTech Library. The library has created a TriCentennial Digital Archive, allowing each city to upload pictures, books, videos, and more related to their history. As part of the 300th Anniversary Celebration in 2018, this digital archive will give people all over the world access to the unique history of each suburban city.

Bexar County Suburban Cities

City Mayor
Alamo Heights Bobby Rosenthal
Balcones Heights Suzanne DeLeon
Castle Hills Timothy Howell
China Grove Mary Ann Hajek
Converse Al Suarez
Elmendorf Mike Gonzales
Fair Oaks Ranch Garry Manitzas
Grey Forest Ron Reinhard
Helotes Thomas Schoolcraft
Hill Country Village Gabriel Durand-Hollis
Hollywood Park Chris Fails
Kirby  Lisa Pierce  
Leon Valley Chris Riley  
Live Oak Mary Dennis
Lytle Mark Bowen
Olmos Park Ronald Hornberger
Sandy Oaks Karen Mendiola-Tanguma
Saint Hedwig Dee Grimm
Schertz Michael Carpenter
Selma  Tom Daly
Shavano Park Robert Werner
Somerset Lydia Hernandez
Terrell Hills Anne Ballantyne
Universal City John Williams
Von Ormy Sally Martinez 
Windcrest Dan Reese

300th Celebration Events

  1. Online Story History Maps

    January 2018
    View the Online History Maps

    Bexar County/UTSA GIS online history Story Maps project. The first set of Story Maps focuses on the region’s earliest inhabitants up to circa 1820, when Spanish rule came to an end.

  2. Historic Research Symposium

    Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8AM - 5PM
    Bexar County Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa
    Symposium Webpage

    Join us in the Double Height Courtroom at the Bexar County Courthouse for the Historic Research Symposium or watch the live stream online.

  3. El Nacimiento/The Birth of Bexar County

    Saturday, March 10, 2018, 1PM - 4PM
    Plaza de las Islas (Main Plaza) Downtown

    Canary Island Descendants Celebration of “El Nacimiento/The Birth of Bexar County”, a performance on the arrival of the Canary Islanders, Presidio Spanish Soldiers, the Native Americans and Spanish Friars.

  4. Native American Arts and Crafts Festival

    Saturday, April 7, 2018
    Mission Park Pavilions, 6030 Padre Drive

  5. Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Béjar

    Wednesday, May 2 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

  6. Fireworks along the Mission Reach

    Friday, May 4, 2018 at Dusk
    Concepcion Park, 500 Theo Pkwy.
    Mission Park Pavilions and Padre Park4
    Mission Espada Portal, 9706 Old Espada Rd.

    Join us for a unique fireworks display all along Mission Reach. The fireworks can be viewed from any one of three viewing areas: Concepcion Park, Mission Park Pavilions, and Mission Espada Portal
  7. Ribbon Cutting- San Pedro Creek, Segment I

    Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11AM
    Martin St. Bridge and San Pedro Creek

    Join us for the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park.
  8. “Designing America” Exhibit Opening

    Sunday, June 24, 2018
    Bexar County Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa