the late 1800s, this was the most elegant neighborhood in
the city. Today it is an idyllic historic district of large, impressive
houses shaded by pecan and cypress trees.
Steves Homestead, pictures top left, is a museum open to the public.
The Guenther House, pictured bottom left, is a restaurant,
gift shop, and museum also open to the public. Both were 19th-century
residences of wealthy German families and entrepreneurs.
farm land belonging to the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo.
Upon secularization, the land was given to the Indians who sold it.
area was subdivided into lots in the 1860s and laid out with the
present streets. It was about this time that a great many Germans
who had immigrated to Texas in the 1840s began to settle in this
area and it became known as "Sauerkraut Bend" to the
rest of San Antonio.