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Photographs of Icy Conditions in San Antonio

January 21, 2014

Occasionally a severe artic front visits the city, bringing freezing rain and sleet.  Freeways and schools are closed.  People are encouraged to stay inside.

At the same time, these conditions present people with the a brief opportunity to enjoy winter sports.  Those who learned to skate in a rink can experience outdoor skating.  Others can ride on the sled they brought from a northern city.

The icy landscape also inspires photographers to record the unusual occurrence.  These are a few  of those images, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Icicles on fountain in City Water Board Park on Market Street, January 29, 1949.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3694-M)

Icicles on fountain in City Water Board Park on Market Street, January 29, 1949.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3694-M)

Icicles on fountain in garden of J. H. Kampmann residence, 311 Nacogdoches (Bonham) Street, 1870s.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 104-1002)

Icicles on fountain in J. H. Kampmann’s garden at 311 Nacogdoches (Bonham) Street, 1870s. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 104-1002)

Adolph Wagner, Ernst Steves, and Mrs. Aaron Pancost  ice skate on West End (Woodlawn) Lake, 1899.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 104-1002)

Adolph Wagner, Ernst Steves, and Mrs. Aaron Pancost skate on ice that covers West End (Woodlawn) Lake, 1899. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 104-1002)

High school students ice skate on parking lot in 1600 block of Nogalitos Street, 1951. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4074-I)

High school students skate on icy parking lot in 2700 block of South Presa Street, 1951. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4074-I)

Woman ice skates on street in Alamo Heights, December 31, 1946 (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-R)

Woman pauses while skating on street in Alamo Heights, December 31, 1946 (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-R)

Kay Hornaday and Ray Conder use a snow sled on icy hill in Alamo Heights, December 31, 1946  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-L)

Kay Hornaday and Ray Conder ride a snow sled down icy hill in Alamo Heights, December 31, 1946 (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-L)

Children slide on ice in San Pedro Park, 1951.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4074-N)

Children slide on ice in San Pedro Park, 1951. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4074-N)

Amelia Swyers thaws the porch at apartment house at 610 Van Ness Street, January 1947.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-N)

Amelia Swyers thaws the porch at apartment house at 610 Van Ness Street, January 1947. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-N)

Man removes ice from a downtown sidewalk, January 1947.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-Q)

Man removes ice from a downtown sidewalk, January 1947. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3333-Q)

Lawrence Morriss, driver for White and Blue Cab Company, scrapes ice off his cab’s windshield, January 28, 1948.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3514-C)

Lawrence Morriss, driver for White and Blue Cab Company, scrapes ice off his cab’s windshield, January 28, 1948. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3514-C)

John T. Jones wears appropriate headgear as he stands outside his drive-in ice station at 608 Brooklyn Avenue, January 29, 1948.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3514-E)

John T. Jones wears appropriate headgear as he stands outside his drive-in ice station at 608 Brooklyn Avenue, January 29, 1948. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3514-E)

Icicles on power lines and a mesquite tree in a residence yard, March 1948.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3512-E)

Icicles on power lines and a mesquite tree in a residence yard, March 1948. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-3512-E)

Tree damaged by ice, 1951. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4077-D)

Trees damaged by ice, 1400 block of West Poplar Street, 1951. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-4077-D)

Officer directs traffic on icy Fredericksburg Road at Five Points, (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-0007-12-1)

Officer directs traffic on icy streets at Five Points, January 25, 1961.  (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-0007-12-1)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Marian Martinello permalink
    January 23, 2014 2:39 pm

    A fitting collection of photos to greet our wintry front. Thank you, Tom.

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