Something Monday: Historic Eastside Cemetery Tour

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A gated Eastside Cemetery plot. Photo by Juan Garcia.

A gated Eastside Cemetery plot. Photo by Juan Garcia.

In honor of Halloween and Día de los Muertos, this week we’ll be joining tour guide Sara Reid of City Sights by Bike on a tour of the Old San Antonio City Cemeteries Historic District.

This 100-acre network of cemeteries, on the National Register of Historic Places, includes burial grounds for some of San Antonio’s most well-known families and leaders and 31 individual cemeteries, the earliest of which were established in 1853.

A gated Eastside Cemetery plot. Photo by Juan Garcia.

A gated Eastside Cemetery plot. Photo by Juan Garcia.

Former San Antonio Mayor, Sidney Lanier, wrote the following words about the Cemetery District, “…the visitor may stroll off to the eastward, climb the hill, wander about among the graves of heroes in the large cemetery on the crest of the ridge, and please himself with the noble reaches of the country east and west and with the perfect view of the city.”

If the weather holds (cancellation will be made at 5 p.m. if raining), we’ll meet at San Antonio Museum of Art‘s San Antonio B-Cycle station at 200 W. Jones Ave. for a ride across the Hays Street Bridge and into the Eastside that leaves at 6 p.m. sharp. Check out the route here: www.mapmyride.com.

Winn headstone in an Eastside cemetery. Photo by Juan Garcia.

Winn headstone in an Eastside cemetery. Photo by Juan Garcia.

Sunset is at 6:50 p.m. tonight, so be sure to bring bike lights and a flashlight if you like. Costumes? Sure, as long as your costume is safe to ride a bike in.

The ride is about 5.35 miles all together and it’ll take about an hour and half to complete the round-trip back to SAMA. Our partners at B-cycle will be discounting extended rides for us, so we won’t have to worry about checking in and out of stations while in the cemeteries tonight.

Afterwards, we’re up for anything (well, almost anything). Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall will be open and nearby – just sayin’. We’ll see you soon.

 

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5 thoughts on “Something Monday: Historic Eastside Cemetery Tour

  1. Is there somewhere where all the future something Monday’s are posted? I always have a hard time finding them & miss some from not knowing where to meet up 🙁

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