Browse Exhibits (6 total)

de la Garza - Cantu House

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This property was once part of the large Spanish land grant made to Simon Arocha, a Canary Island descendant, by the Spanish government in ca. 1778.  The ranch appeared on the list of Sindico Reports of the Bexar Jurisdiction, taken in the Year 1810. At this time, the ranch was known as Santa Rita de las Yslitas.

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Herrera, Blas Ranch

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The Blas Herrera Ranch, located in southern Bexar County, Texas, represents an important survival of an early 19th century homestead complex in south Texas.  The structures comprising the compound reflect the simple character of central Texas vernacular architecture during the early 19th century and the simple Tejano structures which were common to the area.  Historic built features throughout the ranch reflect the evolution and changing uses of the land, from active ranching, to one of scaled back ranching activities, to social and community events, to the simple pasturing of horses.  At the heart of the ranch stand two jacales dating from the 1830s-1840s, the larger jacal having been one of two Herrera-Ruiz homesteads.  Other structures include two wooden buildings, a pavilion and a few additional structures related to ranching and social activities.  The jacals are indicative of the early Tejano construction techniques.

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Padilla Ranch House - Demolished 2009

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Padilla Ranch House – formerly located on Balcones Creek and I H – 10 near Bexar County and Kendall Counties line.


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Perez, Ignacio Ranch

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The Ignacio Perez Rancho Jacal is located in the Medina River Natural Area and Greenway in southern Bexar County.  (15890 Highway 16, San Antonio, TX).  The Medina River Natural Area and Greenway is operated by the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.   The jacal is near the El Chaparral Trail and is visible from a distance as it is protected by a security fence.  The Perez Rancho was located on the Spanish Land Grant awarded to Lt. Colonel Ignacio Perez in 1808.  However, it is likely that Perez was occupying the lands prior to this time in the 1700s.

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Presnall - Watson House / Land Heritage Institute

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Presnall-Watson Homestead Distric

  • Mailing address and location of main gate:  1349 Neal Road, San Antonio, TX 78264-3531.
  • The Presnall-Watson Homestead District includes six buildings, three contributing structures, and six significant archeological sites.

  • The 188-acre Presnall-Watson Homestead District is part of the Land Heritage Institute (LHI) property, a 1,200-acre living land museum representing at least 10,000 years of occupancy by all the major cultural groups that shaped South Texas, including Native Americans, the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the Anglos as well as African-Americans.

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Yndo - Thomae Property

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This is the story of the old Yndo Ranch at Canada Verde, the house being built in 1868 by Miguel Yndo. The tract of land where the ranch is situated was bought by Mr. Yndo from Pedro Antonio Flores and wife, Melchora Yndo.

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