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Land area covered by HemisFair 1968

Description: This photograph shows the area occupied by HemisFair '68 highlighted before construction began. Houses, streets and other buildings that had to be demolished are faintly visible. The HemisFair site occupied 92.6 acres and was located on the edge of downtown San Antonio, Texas.
Date: 1962~
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Minutes of initial meeting of interested citizens pertinent to the "Fair of the America's"

Description: Minutes taken by John A Daniels, of a meeting held Feb. 15th, 1962, at the Granada Hotel of civic leaders to discuss the idea of hosting a "Fair of the America's" in San Antonio, Texas. Those present expressed enthusiasm for the idea. At this meeting is was agreed that an executive committee be formed to investigate the feasibility of staging such a fair.
Date: 1962
Creator: Daniels, John A.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Notes on Summary and Conclusions

Description: Collection of correspondence, reports, and summaries from 1963 of cost estimates for land acquisition, construction, public relations, and miscellaneous other expenses associated with staging a World's Fair in San Antonio, Texas.
Date: 1963
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Letter from Ray Ellison Homes to the Hemisfair Planning Committee

Description: A letter from Pat Legan of Ray Ellison Enterprises to members of the HemisFair Planning Committee (Henry B. Gonzales, W.M. McAllister, Sr., and William Sinkin) discussing the possibility of donating land for the HemisFair site. The suggested area is 70 to 100 acres approximately 8 miles from downtown San Antonio.
Date: January 2, 1963
Creator: Legan, Pat
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

HemisFair $200 Million Dollar Dream

Description: Typed document by William Sinkin, President of San Antonio Fair, Inc. about San Antonio hosting a world's fair in 1968, called HemisFair. The document summarizes the administrative and financial work accomplished to date and outlines the road ahead for financial, local and state government support in order for the fair to become a reality.
Date: 1964
Creator: Sinkin, William, 1913-
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Hemisfair $200 Million Dollar Dream

Description: Typed document by William Sinkin, President of San Antonio Fair, Inc. about San Antonio hosting a world's fair in 1968, called HemisFair. The document summarizes the administrative and financial work accomplished to date and outlines the road ahead for financial, local and state government support in order for the fair to become a reality.
Date: 1964
Creator: Sinkin, William, 1913-
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Tower concept drawing

Description: Image of concept artwork for the proposed Tower of the Americas by Architect O'Neil Ford, a 750-foot, 4.5 million dollar structure containing an observation tower/restaurant located in San Antonio, Texas. The tower would contain 3 elevators, have a capacity of 17,500 persons and facilities that would include 2 observation decks, food vending machines, gift shop, post office, a main level, mezzanine and a club level.
Date: 1965
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

134 South Lot No. 144- single family dwelling

Description: Black and white photographs of home at 134 South Street, San Antonio. The home is single story, white, with a covered porched. There are two windows on each side of the front door. A fence in front of the house is covered with overgrown foliage. The second photograph shows the house from the side, at an angle. There are two cars parked in a driveway. The house is located in an area that was redeveloped because of HemisFair '68.
Date: June 30, 1965
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Transcript of meeting on HemisFair '68

Description: Transcript of a meeting held August 24, 1965 with Allison Peery, Richard Wilson, and Jim Glass. The meeting discussed the HemisFair project, why it was proposed, how it would be financed, the space planning, what facilities and attractions would be offered, as well as what the fair symbols should be. The transcript is typed, with annotations in hand, on "Culberson, Slaughter, Glass & DuBose, inc." corporate letterhead.
Date: August 27, 1965
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

HemisFair '68 - The San Antonio's World Fair

Description: A brief history of the World's Fair by Marshall T. Steves. The speech must have been given several years before HemisFair '68 opened as most of his comments refer to designs and planning for the fair. Marshall Steves was president of HemisFair '68.
Date: 1966~
Creator: Steves, Marshall T.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Speech by William Sinkin about HemisFair '68

Description: Draft of a promotional speech by William Sinkin, the first president of the Executive Board of San Antonio Fair, Inc., about HemisFair '68. He describes progress made in planning for the fair and some of the benefits that would result, including cultural, and educational. There are numerous hand-written annotations and revisions to the typed text.
Date: 1966?
Creator: Sinkin, William, 1913-
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

News release : Governor and Mrs. Connally to visit Latin America.

Description: News release announcing Governor and Mrs. John Connally's three-weeks visit to Latin American countries in July/August 1966 on behalf of HemisFair '68. He will invite countries to participate in the fair. Prior to his departure he will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C. for his role as Commissioner General of the fair. The news release also mentions countries and corporations who have already signed up to participate in HemisFair '68.
Date: July 12, 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Boat tour

Description: This image is of the LaSalle’s Riverboat Adventure at Six Flags over Texas. The picture is of the large concrete dry dock showing passengers embarking and disembarking two wooden looking riverboats. The waiting area is designed like an old wooden outpost and is decorated with palm trees and wooden barrels. The background of the outpost is overflowing with trees and lush foliage.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Canopies over a sidewalk at a park

Description: Image of a rest area at a park. This area features triangular "canopies", probably made from a canvas-like material, that are arranged in a semi-verticle, artistic sail-like fashion over a paved walk area with seating benches. The canopies are suspended by wires and central poles. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

The Cave

Description: Photograph of a boy walking into the Cave amusement ride at Six Flags Over Texas. The entrance to the ride is simulated like a cave entrance with rockery surrounding the opening. The ride was opened in 1964 and featured floating through a dark tunnel inhabited by creatures called Spee-Lunkers. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Entrance area to a park

Description: Image of an entrance area at a park. This area features a paved walkway and few trees and tall plants that provide shade. The walkway is bordered with orange brick. In the background there is a wooden western-style building with a grass/straw type of roof. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Himalaya ride

Description: Image taken at an amusement park of people standing in line for a ride called the Himalaya. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Merry-go-round

Description: Image taken at an amusement park of a merry-go-round filled with riders. The merry-go-round is covered with a canopy and has horse statues fixed to poles for its riders. There are also a few people on the sidewalk by the merry-go-round. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Open area walk fountain at park

Description: A section of a park that features a grassy area with a few small trees and several scattered circular red brick flower beds. There is also a small pond with a fountain at the center. In the background there are some people walking on a sidewalk and others sitting on benches. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Outdoor stage

Description: Photograph of an outdoor stage. The seating area consists of multiple one-piece concrete benches that are arranged in a a terraced style along a slope. There is a large letter "G" above the stage. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Park area

Description: Image of an area at a park. This area features a paved walkway that is bordered with orange brick. On one side of the walkway are tall plants and a few trees. A building with a Spanish-style tile roof is visible in the background. This photograph was taken during a planning trip for HemisFair '68.
Date: October 1966
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections