This day in Texas History: HemisFair Opens in San Antonio

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This day in Texas History: HemisFair Opens in San Antonio

This day in Texas History:

HemisFair Opens in San Antonio
April 06, 1968

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

On this day in 1968, HemisFair, the first officially designated international exposition in the southwestern United States, opened in San Antonio.

It celebrated the cultural heritage shared by San Antonio and the nations of Latin America. It ran from April to October and attracted 6.3 million visitors. More than thirty nations participated with pavilions or exhibits.

It also changed the face of the city. The outstanding structures at the fair that remained after the event included the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Convention Center and Arena, and the 622-foot Tower of the Americas.

Tower of the Americas
San Antonio March 7-9 2008

On page 122 of Texas As I See It Volume I

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