The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980 Page: 97
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mountainous loads of hay' or when the viewer can almost taste the chili
served in the middle of dusty plazas. And contrasting with the rutted
dirt streets and broken sidewalks are graceful, decorated, sophisticated,
and eminently substantial buildings. This is a feast that requires only
a good magnifying glass to season to taste.
The book's faults are few and minor-perhaps too much emphasis
on linking each photo to a specific photographer, and twelve consecu-
tive views of German parade floats. A good city map, such as Morrison
and Fourmy's 1883 version, reproduced on the endpieces would have
aided in linking pictures and text.
Cecilia Steinfeldt has taken a long step toward providing the badly
needed urban history of San Antonio that explains how a settlement
not on natural routes of communication and lacking the manpower
and resources necessary to become an industrial center emerged as the
tenth largest city in the nation that San Antonio is today. She gives
much detailed information on how the city developed and how its citi-
zens worked and played. Her footnotes furnish many research clues
leading toward a more complete knowledge of how and why the city
grew. This is an excellent work based on thorough research that does
show how San Antonio Was.
ARTHUR j. MAYER
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