This clip by YouTube user mamacoke gives a good sense of the tourist experience of the San Antonio River Walk. Like many urban places, the River Walk, or Paseo del Rio, owes its origins to the New Deal in the late 1930s, when Works Progress Administration workers began to fulfill architect Robert Hugman’s vision of the “Shops of Aragon and Romula.” The City of San Antonio maintains an excellent online tour guide, the R.H.H. Hugman River Walk Tour, which offers a gallery of historic photos, including some of the original plan and construction.

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