2015 Westward Ho travel blog

Joint Base San Antonio

Candy with Peacock

Clock Tower

Roaming Deer


Walking with the birds

Another peacock

We visited Fort Sam Houston today. It has changed over the years due to base realignment to now house personnel from Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases. Lackland is still in use as the US Air Force boot camp. The base now is called Joint Base San Antonio, under Air Force administration. The fort started out in 1845 as an Army supply post, over the years that has changed, the military consolidated medical training for all branches, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard to Joint Base San Antonio. The US Army still is a large part of the base being a supply depot along with the different US Army units stationed here.

The first area we visited, after going thru security to get passes to enter the base, was The Quadrangle which is one of the most significant locations of San Antonio history, Texas history and United States history. During early years, the Quadrangle served as a quartermaster’s depot for housing supplies and became an arsenal for the US Army. Before the Quadrangle was the arsenal, the Army stored its supplies and munitions in the building now owned by HEB (currently called the "arsenal"). Its location at Fort Sam Houston is one of the highest points in San Antonio, appropriately named Government Hill. The hill was chosen for the Quadrangle's location to better fend off attacks in the event Indians were to attempt an offensive on the post. Geronimo, the notorious Apache Indian war chief was housed at the Quadrangle for six weeks following his surrender in Arizona to General Nelson A. Miles. Legend states that the deer on the grounds were introduced for Geronimo because he refused to eat food he did not hunt. There is no record why the deer and other animals have been there for over 100 years. Being the headquarters of the Fifth United States Army, the Quadrangle has been host and home to numerous distinguished military personnel including John J. Pershing (Black Jack Pershing) and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Quadrangle ranks second in terms of Texas historical buildings significance, the Alamo ranking first. As we walked around the deer and peacocks were not afraid of humans. The deer were a little spooked from my scooter moving around. The peacock were sure showing off with the feathers out for all to see. We drove around to find the Fort Sam Houston Museum because I read that it had some great items. After finally finding it, closed. This was a letdown for we were looking forward to this, but we did see the base as we drove around. The base covers 400 acres of land.

After leaving the base we stopped at Pizza Hut for lunch, was it bad, this is why we don’t eat out that much. We returned to the motorhome to relax because it was getting hot, 85 degrees today. We did meet a couple from Benton Harbor Michigan today here in the campground. They traveled here because of having family in the area. We did have a long conversation before retiring to the motorhome.

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